9th Congressional District candidates clash in final debate

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October 15, 2012

North Carolina

By Maureen Ryland

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: Candidates Jennifer Roberts and Robert Pittenger engaged in the last debate of their campaigns today.[1] The debate was taped to be broadcast next Sunday.

Roberts, a Democratic Mecklenburg County commissioner, and Pittenger, a Republican real-estate investor and former state senator, exchanged accusations of unethical practices in their respective political careers. They each discussed their opinions on mass transit and health care, emphasizing their differences of opinion and demanding a choice from voters. Roberts supports plans for a new light rail system, while Pittenger would focus on expanding Charlotte Douglas International Airport. When Pittenger said he would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Roberts brought up the projected cost of repealing it. She said she would fight for some revisions to the PPACA, but wants to keep it.

The 9th District is currently represented by a retiring incumbent, Republican Sue Wilkins Myrick, and is traditionally a Republican-leaning district. It has had only Republican representatives since 1952, and the new redistricting is intended to protect its Republican character. Roberts' campaign commissioned a September poll that reflected a tie, but Pittenger is favored to win in November.

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