(OnPolitics) The zingers were flying between Clay Aiken and Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.
In their lone debate in North Carolina's 2nd District, the former American Idol runner-up and the two-term GOP congresswoman he is trying to unseat clashed repeatedly over issues such as military spending, how to combat Islamic State militants and creating jobs.
Ellmers, chairwoman of the Republican Women's Policy Committee, didn't hold back on her rival's claim to fame.
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'It's almost as if, as an entertainer, you think that means we can just go in with a song and dance and change the minds of our military leaders because you're going to impress them so much,' Ellmers said to Aiken.