9th Congressional District candidates answer questions about their campaigns

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - With less than a month to go before the Democratic primary to decide the nominee for the 9th Congressional District in Tennessee, Incumbent Steven Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton answered questions about their campaigns Friday.

Herenton and Cohen agreed last year to a televised debate.  Herenton then changed his mind and said the debate panelists were biased against him.

"I have been targeted by the media and the justice system primarily because of my style, dominance in the whole political landscape," Herenton said.

"I think every citizen has the privilege to ask the candidates questions," Cohen said.  "I don't think it's appropriate to move forums based on the judgment of either of the candidates."

Both candidates spoke on subjects such as unemployment.

"The way you create jobs is to stimulate business activities in small businesses," Herenton said.  "You've got to have incentives."

"There's a lot of poverty," Cohen said.  "There's a lot of need for government assistance in terms of employment compensation for Medicaid funding and support for The MED."

Both mean have their sights set on the August 5 primary which will help determine the winner of this seat.

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