At the outset, Republican challenger Richard Hudson expressed anger.
" My name is Richard Hudson and I'm fed up with the direction that Washington Politicians' has taken our country," he said.
In his opening statement democratic incumbent Larry Kissell attempted to play to the group that made up the biggest part of the audience.
" I have refused to our seniors as bargaining chips in the games that Washington plays, "he said." They deserve better than that."
It was the AARP that brought this conversation to Wingate University, and front and center in the discussion was affordable health care act.
Kissell said, "I will never support any plan that makes any change to anyone on Medicare at or near retirement."
Hudson did not openly support a voucher program, but feels the current system has flaws.
"We need to just reassure the people that Medicare is going to be there and we're going to keep that promise."
Beyond health care, many at this debate were concerned about another fiscal issue.
Ray Johnson who plans to vote is hoping there's enough left in social security system, when he plans to retire.
"I'm approaching that age about social security, and I was wondering how they were extend and make sure I would get social security ?" Johnson asked.
Kissell calls social security a promise, and shoots down the plan to privatize government payments to seniors.
"All of these plans will gut the program, in order to preserve something when you gut something around here in order to preserve it that's called taxidermy not public policy.
While Hudson admits his own relatives receive social security benefits, he's concerned about the government going too far.
"This world view of Washington knows best. Washington is gonna take care of you."