Fiscal issues dominate House debate

Washington, D.C., is broken,” Davis said inside the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. “We want to cut big government spending and get back to basics, and that’s what I want to do if you elect me to represent you on Capitol Hill.”

Childers, 50, who defeated Davis in a special election in May to fill the seat formerly held by Roger Wicker until November’s winner takes office in January, said he has been doing the same thing during his few months in office.

“That is why I voted against the $700 billion bailout plan, because it was morally wrong for me to ask the taxpayers of North Mississippi to bail out Wall Street,” Childers said in response to questions from the audience and media.

But Davis chided Childers for also voting to bail out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Childers responded by saying if that bailout plan had not been approved, the home values of residents would have “been deflated and devalued.”

Davis said he still thought Childers was wrong for the $200 billion bailout of the mortgage companies. He also said the two differed greatly over offshore drilling, saying he’s for it and Childers voted nine times against it.

Commercial Appeal