Arrington, Cunningham confident before Congressional debate, election

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Katie Arrington [L], Joe Cunningham confident for 1st Congressional District debate (WCIV)

South Carolina Congressional candidates Katie Arrington (R) and Joe Cunningham (D) will face off in a debate Tuesday night at Charleston Southern University.

"I’m excited it will actually be a time to talk about real issues," Katie Arrington said ahead of the debate.

"Issues with infrastructure, fixing our traffic nightmare, flooding has become an issue that’s been here for a while," Joe Cunningham said in response to issues he hopes to improve if elected to represent South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

Arrington said she's feeling confident heading into the debate.

"I’m the only candidate that supports tax cuts, only candidate who supports pro life, supports our second amendment," she said.

Cunningham isn't backing down. He said his ad featuring support from Lowcountry Republican mayors proves how effective he can be in Washington.

"We've gotten bipartisan support with Republican mayors and council members, because they recognize I'm the only person in this race who’s able to reach across the aisle and work with others."

Arrington highlights not her bipartisanship, but her strength of party.

"I’ll actually have a seat at the table," she said. "My opponent will not have that opportunity. The administration is Republican at a minimum until 2020, and the only way to get that is to have a seat at the table to get that conversation started."

Tuesday's debate will be a major step forward for the spring toward November's election.

"Jobs, lower taxes, security, those are the things we should be worried about," Arrington said.

"Down here in the Lowcountry, we care about our beaches, our shorelines, we care about hardworking, honest people in the Lowcountry and that’s what I’m fighting to represent," said Cunningham.

Tuesday's debate runs from 7-8 p.m. For more on how to watch the debate, CLICK HERE.