Carson, May face off in 1st debate of 7th Congressional District race
Arguments stick to party lines
Last Updated: 240 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Some sparks flew in the race for the 7th Congressional District seat in Indianapolis, as the two candidates faced off in a debate Monday.
Incumbent Democrat Andre Carson and his Republican challenger Carlos May debated on AM 1310, and stuck to their parties' positions on the big issues like social security, health care and the war in Afghanistan.
Up until Monday's debate, May had accused Carson of ignoring his repeated requests to go before voters in at least 12 forums.
"Anyone who knows me knows I speak boldly and proudly from the positions I stand, but I am not going to let him use this race as a WWF wrestling match," Carson said.
"The reason I want to run for office is because I got sick and tired of listening to and hearing and seeing all of this stupidity at the federal level," May responded.
May laid out his vision to improve education by giving the states more control of what happens in the classroom and to uplift the economy by reforming the tax code and cutting government waste.
"It's time to get people in there with common sense who want to do something, not to be somebody," May said.
Carson pointed to his jobs record of supporting the bailout of the auto industry, voting for the stimulus dollars and bringing home a half-billion dollars in pork.
"I don't believe that we should waste tax-payer dollars to study the mating habits of butterflies, but I do believe that earmarks are necessary," Carson said. "Since I've been in office, we've been able to secure those folks at Amtrak that were threatened with more than 100 jobs being lost."
The moderator was Amos Brown who ran a tight debate, at times cutting off the men attempting to go beyond their allotted time.
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