Gas prices put candidates on the spot

CLAYTON, N.C. - The political theater at the gas pumps in this Raleigh suburb quickly evolved into a shouting match.Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge was trying to talk to a small group several days ago about his bill to curb energy market manipulation. His Republican challenger, Dan Mansell, kept interrupting, saying more drilling and more oil refineries -- not more regulation -- were needed.

"I'm sorry he is such an angry young man," Etheridge told a handful of people at the T.R. Lee Gas Station, which has been a Main Street landmark in Clayton since 1956.

"I'm angry about the energy costs," shot back Mansell, who is 52.

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