Gas prices, influence, Iraq define Alaskan Democrats' debate

Alaska Congressman Don Young and the Democrats pursuing his seat sparred over corruption, campaign contributors, the Iraq war and high gas prices Sunday.

"My ethics and my wife's ethics and my families' ethics should never have been questioned," Young declared at the debate held by the Alaska Women's Political Caucus.

Neither of the candidates challenging Young in the Aug. 26 Republican primary appeared at the debate.

Gabrielle LeDoux was visiting with her ailing father in California. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell -- who hasn't yet been in a debate with Young -- said he had a prior commitment to be at the governor's annual picnic in Fairbanks.

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