District Four Candidates Spar

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The two candidates running for Congress in Mississippi's fourth district sparred in their only televised debate Monday night on the Gulf Coast. At times the banter got feisty.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor said his opponent doesn't understand what it takes to be in Congress. Republican challenger Mike Lott said Taylor is out of touch with most of the south Mississippi district. The election is next Tuesday.

Lott, of Petal, has served five years in the state House of Representatives.

Taylor, from Bay St. Louis, is a former state senator who has served in Congress for 15 years.

Lott said Taylor has voted against federal tax cuts most of the district favors. Taylor said Lott has a lackluster legislative record.

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