MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) - NOTE: Use video player controls to fast-forward through the black screen preceding the debate to watch the replay. The live feed began too soon.
Friday, the two candidates still in the running for Wisconsin Supreme Court participated in their first debate since winning last week's primary.
In what is officially a nonpartisan race, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock shared the same accusations and the same denials that they would be a "rubber stamp" for a political party and special interests.
During the hour-long debate, the candidates sparred over many topics, including the role of justices in the court system and term limits. But the topic that got the must attention was about a justice's ability to remain impartial when serving on the state's high court.
The moderator of the debate, UpFront host Mike Gousha, talked to each candidate about their ability to remain nonpartisan with Dallet receiving endorsements from more liberal-leaning politicians like U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Screnock receiving an endorsement from Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
"I will point to the fact that I have over 200 judges backing my campaign," Dallet answered. "They are supporting me because they understand I am the only one in this race who is going to be fair, who is going to be independent, who is not going to be a rubber stamp."
"I believe it's critically important that the next justice of our supreme court actually just follows the law, interprets and applies the law as they find it and not how they wish it to be," Screnock said.
Both candidates will get another chance to debate on March 30 before the April 3 election. The winner be elected to a 10-year term.