CHARLOTTE – The candidates in North Carolina's 9th congressional district squared off Monday morning in their final scheduled debate.
Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Republican Robert Pittenger are vying for the seat held by longtime Republican Rep. Sue Myrick. Myrick, who has held the seat since 1995, announced earlier this year that she was retiring.
Among the issues were energy policy, government spending and rail vs. roads.
"Mrs. Roberts believes in big government,” Pittenger said. “She has grown the government by 30 percent in terms of the county. We can't allow that kind of growth and government at the federal level to continue."
Both criticized each other for being long on rhetoric, and short on specifics.
"Talking about job creation, he clearly didn't have a specific idea about how we are going to do that, and I do have a jobs plan,” said Roberts. “I think that's the critical issue that's facing us right now."
After the debate Roberts and Pittenger touted their respective campaign teams. Roberts, a Mecklenburg County commissioner, faces a challenge; since voters have not elected a Democrat to the Ninth District in more than 50 years.
You can watch the full debate Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on News 14 Carolina then again on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. It will also be available in its entirety on news14.com and Carolina on Demand.