Candidates face off in debate for Mississippi congressional seat

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - Democrat Travis Childers is trying to keep the seat he won during a special election back in May. But his battle with Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is turning testy.

The race for Mississippi's First Congressional District seat has been long, expensive and at times downright ugly. Wednesday, each of the two candidates left standing faced off in Oxford.

Democrat Travis Childers and Republican Greg Davis are on opposite parties but see eye to eye on a number of issues.

But in the race for Mississippi's first congressional district, Childers has already been doing the job. In May, he beat Davis in a runoff election to temporarily fill the seat vacated by senator Roger Wicker.
"I'm proud of my record I have a record of standing up for North Mississippians," Childers said.

Davis did not let Childers bask in his Washington experience for very long.

"So when he's broken away from the party, it has been on procedural votes that had no chance in the world of passing," Davis said.
One thing the two candidates agree on is the race for Mississippi's first congressional seat has been downright ugly, but both blame their negative ads on third party advertisers.

The most recent ad criticizing Davis was paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Childers, who asked his party to pull the ad, has taken his share of jabs.

"Comparing me to Senator Obama's preacher was about the farthest thing that could have been done that was a stretch," Childers said.

Both Childers and Davis vowed to keep the campaigns clean

"We said that back on July 4th, I'm glad to hear the congressman come on board," Davis said.

And focus on the issues between now and election day.

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