WNCN: 'spirited debate Monday in Pinehurst'

Ellmers gets ugly in debate with Clay Aiken

The hour-long debate before delegates to a North Carolina Bankers Association conference will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Monday on WRAL and at 11 p.m. on WRAZ Fox 50. The video will also be available for viewing on WRAL.com through Election Day.

Read more at http://www.wncn.com/story/26715341/ellmers-aiken-clash-in-congressional-debate from WNCN in Raleigh.

PINEHURST, N.C. -

Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and Democratic challenger Clay Aiken engaged in a spirited debate Monday in Pinehurst as they battled for the right to represent the 2nd Congressional District in Congress.

Ellmers repeatedly called Aiken “an entertainer,” a reference to his singing career and “American Idol” runner-up. And Aiken fired back that Ellmers was a contributor to a “do-nothing Congress” with a culture of not cooperating.

"It's almost as if as an entertainer, you think you can go in with a song and dance," Ellmers said to Aiken, a former American Idol runner-up.

“"She's good at calling me an entertainer. But she cannot say she's working for the people of the 2nd District," Aiken shot back.

Ellmers had tough words for President Barack Obama, and for Senate leader Harry Reid.

She said Obama “has to stop telling our enemies what he will do and what he won't do.”

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