RENO - Republican congressional candidate Mark Amodei and Democrat Kate Marshall traded jabs Wednesday over taxes, Medicare and how best to create jobs in the first debate before Nevada's Sept. 13 special election to fill a vacant House seat.
Both tried to paint themselves as fiscal conservatives who would help bring sanity to Washington, D.C., and bridge a divided Congress.
"I'll fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare because we need a balanced budget," said Marshall, Nevada's current state treasurer. "We can't do that on the backs of our seniors."
Amodei, a former state senator, stressed his prior legislative and …