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Two candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in District Three took part in a candidate forum in Oak Ridge Monday morning.

Incumbent Chuck Fleischmann and his Republican primary opponent Weston Wamp discussed issues important to people in Oak Ridge at the city's Chamber of Commerce.

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It's the only time both candidates will appear together in Oak Ridge before the August primary.

We asked both candidates which issues they think are most important in this election.

"Obviously the economy is pretty important. We're underperforming again. Energy independence. We have the opportunity in this nation to be energy independent," said Fleischmann.

"Washington is completely stalled out, broken down, doesn't work, gridlock has taken over for four years. It's gotten to the point now where the American people have given up," said Wamp.

The candidates also discussed issues such as Common Core and the Affordable Care Act.

The Third Congressional District includes parts of several East Tennessee counties stretching from Chattanooga to Scott County.

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