Our Town Philadelphia: Fair Politics

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The high on this Mississippi day was in the upper 90s; the heat in Founder's Square was off the charts.

U.S. Senate candidates, former governor Ronnie Musgrove and Sen. Roger Wicker, took the podium both promising help for struggling Mississippians.

"They are looking out after the special interests, and obviously not looking out after Mississippians," said Musgrove. "Roger has been there for thirteen years and we still have no energy policy. And to me, we need an energy policy that includes drilling. It includes incentives for alternative fuel, includes coal and nuclear."

"We need to start drilling offshore. We've proved we can do it in Mississippi in a responsible way," said Wicker. "We need to move to nuclear. As I said, France has proved they can get 85% of their power from nuclear. Get the power generation off of fossil fuels."

In recent weeks, the campaign has heated up, with both candidates issuing attacks on the other's record. The Wicker supporters were loud and intense, making it difficult for the former governor to complete a sentence.

"We can't watch families who are working harder and harder, having a time getting by, while Congress continues to raise its own pay," Musgrove shouted above the noise.

While it was initially thought that the two would face off in a debate, Wicker said his current Senate responsibilities would not allow for it, something Musgrove questions.

"It was not a good idea to schedule a debate while Congress was in session," said Wicker.

A stop at the Neshoba County Fair is practically a requirement for campaigning politicians. And like past elections, this campaign will only heat up more after this stop at the fair.


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