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1st District Congressional candidates meet for second forum

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Six men are running to replace Jack Kingston in the 1st Congressional District.

Five of them went head to head today in a forum organized by the Savannah Area Republican Women.

They each have different views on a range of topics, but today they shared one top priority.

The road to the Republican primary in May has begun, and while five of the six candidates running for the U.S. Congressional seat in country's 1st District spoke about Obamacare, the economy, jobs and immigration, one topic came up as their top priority: the country's debt.

"We have to borrow that money for the most part from countries who don't share the same values and interests," John McCallum said. "The defining question for our generation and defining question for our time is will we leave our country better than we found it." 

"We need to get serious about entitlement reform. We need to get serious about getting it down or else we will all be speaking Chinese in the next ten years," Dr. Earl Martin said.

"We are borrowing four billion dollars a year from our children and great grand children. We are really stealing that money. This is intergenerational theft," said Dr. Bob Johnson. 

Doctors Johnson and Martin, along with businessman McCallum, are up against state Sen. Buddy Carter and state Rep. Jeff Chapman. 

"Spending is a big deal. It is a good Republican principal and many people will benefit when we keep our own money and that's the free market system and spending and cutting government waste is a top priority for me and it has been for years," Chapman said.

"We have to have a balanced budget to get this under control. We simply cannot leave this legacy of a national debt of trillions of dollars to our grandchildren and great grandchildren. It's not fair and not what I want our generation to be known for," Carter told WTOC.

They have five months to convince voters.

Candidate and Alma farmer Darwin Carter was not at the forum today because of a prior engagement.

All six candidates will gather for a third forum next month. The time and location will be announced at a later time.

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