MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The mid-term elections are looming--and both major parties are gearing up to win Congressional seats.
With Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss' decision to not seek a third term, his seat is up for grabs.
Georgia's open Senate seat is a popular one for Republicans.
The candidates took the stage Saturday night for a debate in front of hundreds at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon.
Phil Gingrey thinks his experience as a doctor will help the Senate.
"With Obamacare having passed 4 years ago and still 60% of American people are opposed to it, I think Georgia could certainly use a doctor, a physician in the Senate," said Gingrey.
Karen Handel focused on the need for new leadership.
"Results matter. And the surest way to keep getting more of the same, is to keep electing the same people over and over," said Handel. "We are getting the worst results out of Congress right now and we need to have new leadership. An individual with a track record, a proven track record, like I have of actually getting the job done."
Jack Kingston's message concentrated strongly on Robins Air Force Base.
"I'm very concerned with what the base realignment closure commission could do in the next round for Warner Robins, " said Kingston. "We want to make sure it has lots of missions because it has about a four million dollar economic impact in our area."
Derrick Grayson highlighted his constitutional beliefs.
"The power belongs to the people--not the people in Washington D.C.," said Grayson. "They serve us, we don't work for them. We don't ask them to do for us what they're supposed to, we tell them to do what it is we want them to do, after the rule of law of course."
Paul Broun emphasized the Constitutional bounds being broken.
"All of the problems that we see--out of control spending, the unsustainable debt. All of those are symptoms of a government that has left its bounds of the Constitution," said Broun. "I believe in Constitution and limited government as our founding fathers meant for it to be. That's what I've been fighting for in Washington that's what I've been voting in Washington."
David Purdue underlined his experience as a businessman.
"Well I think we've got a full blown financial crisis, and I think our career politicians cause it," said Perdue. "I just don't think they have the depth or background to really fix it. We only have ten people in the United States Senate who have any business experience, and I just think we need to look outside that body for fresh ideas."
Art Gardner spotlighted a need for a shift in thinking for the Republican Party.
"Look, let's agree on what we can agree on, which is, fiscal matters and defense, and let's agree to disagree about some other things," said Gardner. "And if we can do that--build a coalition around what we can all agree on--we can produce a candidate who can appeal to a much larger base than we've been appealing to."
All the candidates spoke of their conservative values and features they brought to the table for voters.
It's a decision those voters will have to make May 20th.
The debate is a part of a series of debates.
Candidates travel all across Georgia to spread their message.
The primary election will be May 20th.
Steen Miles, Michelle Nunn, Branko Radulovacki and Todd Robinson have qualified for the Democratic primary.