Embattled Australian PM says 'don't write me off'
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned on Thursday he was a fighter who should not be written off after a debate in which election rival Tony Abbott asked: "Does this guy ever shut up?"
Labor's Rudd and his conservative opponent went head-to-head in an often fiery televised confrontation on Wednesday evening with Sky News, which hosted the forum, saying Mr Abbott won with 37 audience members voting for him compared to 35 for the prime minister.
The remaining 33 people in the audience were undecided.
While a more confrontational Rudd, who is trailing in opinion polls, managed to breathe new life into his flagging campaign by attacking Mr Abbott's failure to make public his policy costings, his opponent scored the most memorable moment in their second face-off.