Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions and his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, agree that the economy, including the pump price of gas, tops their list of voter concerns before the Nov. 4 election.
But in interviews with the Associated Press they disagreed almost totally on the record of President Bush.
Sessions supports Bush's tax cuts and the war in Iraq, while Figures deplores an administration that she claims plunged the nation's surplus into the red and sent troops to war on erroneous claims.
Seeking a third term, Sessions far outpaced Figures in fundraising, building a war chest of more than $4.3 million, but spending little of it on campaign advertising in a low-key contest of yard signs and bumper stickers.
Sessions said he's proud of having more than 10,000 contributors and was grateful that President Bush appeared at a Mobile fundraiser for him. He focused his campaign on asking "the people to give me an opportunity to serve again. I'm not focusing on my opponent."