GOP candidates debate at Hub City forum

The two Republicans hoping to be the next Lt. Governor faced off in a debate in Hattiesburg tonight.  State Auditor Phil Bryant and State Senator Charlie Ross highlighted a forum for Republican candidates at Southern Oaks House and Gardens.

It's the 7th time for the two to go head-to-head in a debate of the issues, which ranged from illegal immigration to education.  Both say they welcome this type of forum.

"For me personally, I enjoy them," said Senator Ross.  "I have nothing to hide.  I know what I believe, I know who I am.  They can ask me any question they want and I'll answer the question.  You may not agree with my position, but you will know what my position is," Ross said.

"When you discuss the issues, and each man honestly answers those questions without attacking the other unnecessarily, that's what a real debate should be all about," State Auditor Phil Bryant said.  He added, "I think that's exactly the way it was tonight."

GOP candidates for attorney general, state auditor, commissioner of insurance, public service commissioner and transportation commissioner also spoke during the forum.

Only one candidate for secretary of state, State Representative Mike Lott of Petal, attended.  His campaign just received a recommendation from Mississippi Right to Life.

We'll have more on that story tomorrow on the Weekend 6 o'clock Edition.