2 US House candidates debate in north Mississippi - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

2 US House candidates debate in north Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - North Mississippi congressional candidates are exchanging barbs about how loyal they'd be to their own party's leadership on Capitol Hill.

Democratic incumbent Travis Childers says he's been an independent voice since being elected just over two years ago and has tried to work across the aisle when he thinks Republicans have good ideas.

Republican challenger Alan Nunnelee says Childers has done too little to block "liberal legislation" pushed by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including the massive federal health care overhaul.

Childers voted against the health care bill and says he wants to repeal parts of it. Nunnelee says he wants to take the whole law off the books.

The candidates debated Tuesday night at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. It's their only face-to-face exchange before the Nov. 2 election.

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