Neshoba Democrat, 2/13/8

Four of the leading Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District met at a catfish house here beside Mississippi 15 on Monday night for a political forum that focused on illegal immigration, the Iraq war and the economy.

The candidates spent about an hour on the stage at the Catfish Opry before a packed house of about 200, not debating each other, but answering questions.

Among those in the audience from Neshoba County were: David and Brenda Vowell, Philadelphia Mayor Rayburn Waddell and businessman Hugh Thomasson.

The candidates, Gregg Harper, Charlie Ross, David Landrum and John Rounsaville, all promised to adhere to strong conservative principles, at times each dropping names like Lott, Wildmon, Mounger, Pickering and Barbour.