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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Democratic junior U.S. senator and lone congressman said Wednesday that trying to get things done in Washington can be frustrating, but they promised to continue working on bipartisan approaches to tackling the country's challenges if re-elected.

Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney were among several candidates for state and federal office who took part in a campaign forum evening at Delaware State University sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

"Frankly, it's not easy getting things done in Washington. ... It has been a frustrating place to work," Coons said in his opening statement, adding that too much time is spent on "manufactured crises."

Carney expressed similar sentiments, saying Democrats and Republicans need to spend more time looking for common ground "instead of worrying about our own political future."

Their Republican challengers said the two incumbent Democrats have failed their constituents.

"You deserve to be fired," GOP House candidate Rose Izzo told Carney, citing what she said were his failures to keep previous campaign promises to control government spending and reduce the deficit.

Republican businessman Kevin Wade, seeking to unseat Coons, said officials in Washington are out of touch with the people they are supposed to represent.

"We have leaders in Washington who no longer believe in us, and our choices and our ways and our values," he said, adding that the federal tax code punishes hard work and success.

The bipartisan bickering among Republicans and Democrats was not lost on minor party candidates, who were allowed to participate in Wednesday's forum but have been locked out of other campaign debates.

"If you want change, you're going to have to change your mind a little bit and look at new candidates," said Andrew Groff, the Green Party candidate for Senate.

Scott Gesty, Libertarian candidate for Congress, said the two-party system has failed the country.

"It took both parties to get us to an $18 trillion debt," he noted.

The federal candidates took turns staking out their positions on issues including energy independence, medical marijuana, and pay equity for women.

In other races, candidates for state treasurer, auditor and attorney general addressed more local issues, including a growing violent crime problem in Delaware, strategies for investing the state's cash portfolio, and rooting out fraud and waste in state government.


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