Senate Candidates Spar on Resource Development

GOP Senate hopeful Joe Miller hammered away Tuesday at his campaign theme that the federal government must dial back its regulatory burden and open up Alaska for development.

His Democratic opponent, Scott McAdams, says Miller has no real plan for accomplishing the resource development that other state elected officials have tried to accomplish for decades.

Miller, McAdams and incumbent Lisa Murkowski, running as a write-in candidate, answered questions at a forum sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Anchorage and the Alaska World Affairs Council.

Murkowski says Miller wants a resource base developed in rural areas that still lack basic infrastructure.

She says it's unrealistic to think development can occur without better access and affordable energy.