The Commercial Appeal, 10/15/8

Rep. Travis Childers, D-Miss., and Republican opponent Greg Davis, the Southaven mayor, meet in Oxford this afternoon for a debate that both candidates say will focus on the issues and not personal attacks.

But in saying they intend to stick to the high road, each candidate blamed the other for starting negative campaigning.

“This is a different campaign for us,” Davis said of the fall campaign in contrast to the special election between the two earlier this year. “I hope it is for my opponent too, because last time they said I drive a black SUV when actually it’s a white SUV. Get it right.”

“We have no intent of getting into the mud,” countered Childers. “My campaign didn’t start the mud-slinging in the first place.”