WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The battle between Congressman Mike McIntyre and Ilario Pantano is nothing less than red hot. Democrat McIntyre has served seven straight terms, but Pantano says it's time for a real change and he promises to be an Obama buster. Pantano says that since McIntyre took office 14 years ago Southeastern North Carolina has not improved in any way, shape or form.
Pantano is ready for a change.
"When our children and grandchildren are facing a debt twice what it was when he took office, when unemployment here in the 7th District is almost 50,000 people think about your friends and neighbors that don't have jobs," said Pantano.
Aside from the high unemployment numbers, Pantano says that Congressman McIntyre had an opportunity in 1998 to put a lock on the lockbox for the Social Security Trust Fund. McIntyre voted against it.
Pantano says that's a clear sign not to vote for McIntyre.
"The Congress was very interested in raiding that trust fun to spend, to write big checks, to bring back pork and buy votes," said Pantano. "Instead of protecting Social Security and protecting our seniors, the Congress and my opponent have been more interested in buying votes with that money."
Pantano says the Social Security system is broken and the Obama health care plan needs work. He says the first step in fixing up our state and country is getting McIntyre out of office. Pantano says the early voting numbers show people are finally ready for a new face in Washington.
"I've got the endorsements of the voters and I got to tell you the early voting is really showing that this is a record," said Pantano. "We're breaking records and we're leading the state. It's not about us. It's about the men and women that are so energized and want a conservative representative and they're going to make sure their voices are heard this time."