Charles Rangel, challengers meet in primary's first debate

April 10, 2014 6:45:37 PM PDT
Two candidates looking to replace Rep. Charles Rangel in Congress wasted no time in using his long career and ethics scandals against him in the first Democratic primary debate for the 13 Congressional District.

Rangel touted his experience and relationship with President Barack Obama Thursday night at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

Rev. Michael Walrond Jr. made a point of saying the district didn't need a career politician.

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat said the president had asked Rangel to step down several years ago during the ethics controversy. Obama did not officially get involved in the controversy, but made comments at the time that implied Rangel should step down.

Rangel is running for his 23rd term, after first winning the seat in 1970.

The primary election is June 24.