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The two major party candidates for Louisville’s Third District Congressional seat sparred Tuesday night in a televised debate at the University of Louisville.

One of the topics of discussion was the war in Afghanistan.

When asked whether he believes the war is winnable, Democratic incumbent JohnYarmuth said –no.

“I don’t believe that the president has yet to express a clear defiination of the mission we have there or provide metrics for measuring whether we are succeeding or not,” he said.

Republican challenger Todd Lally, who has served in Afghanistan, countered that there are many ways to measure victory.

“When you have school rooms filled with young girls, that’s winning in Afghanistan, when you pave roads and you branch the community, bring them together, that’s winning in Afghanistan. When you have people who are illiterate reading, that’s winning,” he said.

The candidates also mixed it up on issues such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the health care overhaul legislation, the federal stimulus package and term limits.

The event was co-sponsored by U of L and WHAS Television.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."