There were heated exchanges in the first televised debate between John Key and Phil Goff tonight.
The leaders were asked questions about the economy, asset sales, the cost of living, crisis management, national standards, leadership and the war in Afghanistan in the ONE News Leaders Debate tonight.
The tone was set early on when Key likened Goff to a "drunken sailor" over his plans to raise the eligibility age for superannuation to 67.
"Tonight is Halloween. Well I learnt last week when Phil told us he's going to put up super by two years before you can retire that it was trick or treat," Key said
"The treat is you get your GST off your banana, the trick is you have to work two years longer."
To read how the debate unfolded click here
It got heated again when Goff accused Key of lying about his plans for GST before the last election.
"What I'm going to tell you John is this that this time, last election, in this studio, you looked down the barrel of that camera and you said 'National will not be increasing GST'," Goff said.
"It's on tape. That was a lie. You broke that promise and people are paying more for their food."
Key, who often avoided eye contact with Goff during the debate, took exception to that.
"I don't call you a liar and that's because I actually respect the office of leader of the opposition."
Goff continued the attacks, even using a question about his biggest mistake in politics to criticise Key.
"I'm sure I've made a lot of mistakes. I think the difference is I've learned from my mistakes. I learnt that it was a mistake to sell off our state assets."
Sixty-one percent of people said Key impressed them the most in the debate in a text poll, compared to 39% for Goff
The leaders of the minor parties will be placed under the spotlight on Wednesday, November 16 ahead of another debate between Key and Goff on Wednesday, November 23.
Close Up's Mark Sainsbury will host each debate and will be joined by political scientists Dr Jon Johansson and Dr Claire Robinson.
ONE News Political Editor Guyon Espiner will act as moderator, while a media panel led by Te Karere Editor Shane Taurima will also be given time to ask questions.
Each debate will begin at 7pm and will be held in front of an audience. The audience members will be invited by TVNZ and will not be representatives of political parties.
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