Lowcountry Candidates Face-off in Heated Debate

June 12, 2018, 7:32 am EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — Candidates in one of the most closely watched races sparred against each other on the radio Monday.

The first Congressional District has two Republicans going toe-to-toe in their efforts to attract voters.

It was heated at times as Congressman Mark Sanford and Katie Arrington faced off in a 90-minute discuss on 1250 WTMA.

Arrington blasted the incumbent lawmaker as a career politician who doesn’t support President Trump.

Sanford, though, contended that he is a physical hawk who tries to rein in out-of-control government spending.

Both offered their beliefs on the issues voters care about the most and what they’ll fight for if elected.

“Number one, the border wall. I mean that has been the most important issue for the presidential campaign and this. I’m supporting our President,” said State Rep. Katie Arrington. “Number two, immigration and health care. They are all things Congress has failed and we have to hold them accountable.”

Mark Sanford said, “People care deeply about the amount of money in their pocketbook or wallet. That ties to tax and spending issues in Washington. They care about the local economy, what’s happening with the port in terms of trade going in and out. They care about healthcare and is it available for themselves and those they love.”

Following their radio debate, the candidates met work supporters in Mount Pleasant.

Democratic candidates include Joe Cunningham and Toby Smith.

FOX 24 will provide real-time race results once polls close on our website, just click here. The first results are expected to arrive just after 7:30 p.m.