It wasn't Monday Night Football or the baseball playoffs, but there were plenty of hits in Monday night's 75-minute debate between longtime Democratic Congressman Mike Honda and his Democratic challenger, Ro Khanna.
It's the only side-by-side match before the election on Nov. 4. If you missed it, NBC Bay Area, the host of the debate, has posted video here.
Naturally, both sides are declaring victory. Tyler Law, press secretary for the Ro Khanna for Congress campaign, tweeted.
— Tyler Law (@tyzlaw) October 7, 2014
"We felt great," said Vivek Kembaiyan, communications director for the Mike Honda for Congress campaign. "Congressman Honda did better than expected. Khanna needed to do something to drastically alter the race."
Khanna was in attack mode all evening, trying to do exactly that by challenging Honda's abilities and record at every turn. The two candidates answered questions ranging from H1B visas to student debt to immigration reform to income inequality in Silicon Valley. Repeatedly, both veered off from the questions to get to their own talking points and agendas.