In a candidates' debate Wednesday, Louisiana Sen. David Vitter alluded to his involvement in a prostitution scandal when he admitted committing "serious sins."
Vitter, a Republican whose telephone number appeared in the phone records of the "D.C. Madam" in 2007, added that the "strong forgiveness" he received since the revelation has allowed him to carry on and seek reelection, the Hill
"Obviously, I've stumbled in my marriage," Vitter said. "And obviously, I've committed serious sins, which I've talked about in the past. Having come through that experience and received that strong forgiveness, it's really strengthened me and redoubled my focus on living true to those values and commitments and living true to the values and wishes of the people of Louisiana."
Rep. Charlie Melancon, Vitter's Democratic opponent, had said in his opening statement that the race is "about honesty and integrity in Washington. And that is one of the key ingredients and the reason why I think everyone got into this race to challenge Mr. Vitter." (There are six candidates in all.)
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