Meridian, Miss. Democratic candidates in Mississippi's U.S. Senate race say the fighting within the Republican side of the primary has taken the attention away from the real issues. Former Congressman Travis Childers has been traveling the state, trying to get the message out he feels has been ignored.
Democrats say the noise surrounding the Republican candidates in Mississippi's U.S. Senate election has drowned out the messages voters need to hear. Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel's challenge to the magnolia state's senior Senator Thad Cochran has been a chaotic one, filled with accusations, insults, even arrests.
Former First District Congressman Travis Childers says there's not much time left, and voters need to remember there are two primaries next week.
"It is clear no one there is talking about the issues and no one there is talking about middle-class Mississippi and middle class America that they need to be helping," said Childers.
Childers describes himself as a moderate Democrat who has shown he can work across the aisle on Capitol Hill to get things done.
"I still think the economy is front and center. I think it's still about jobs. Our unemployment is too high. Too many Mississippians who want to work don't have that opportunity. Too many Mississippians still don't have access to healthcare," said Childers.
And speaking of healthcare, Childers believes the work is not over on Obamacare.
"i think the intent was good, but I've always said we could have done a much better job crafting a bill that worked for all of America not just part of America," said Childers.
Childers is a Booneville native, a small businessman and former chancery clerk. Childers says one of Mississippi's great success stories is its community college system. He is a proud graduate of both Northeast Community College in Booneville, and Ole Miss.