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Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic discuss same sex marriage, North Korea during Beyond the Headlines

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In a special edition of Beyond the Headlines, First Congressional District candidates Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic went head to head on the topics of this race.

Mark Sanford spends a lot of his campaign asking for forgiveness from his term as governor when he made headlines for admitting to an extramarital affair, but on the News 2 set he describes marriage as sacred between one man and one woman.

"It is not to say every marriage makes it but it is to say that is the ideal we are aiming for," Sanford said.

"Now while I would support an amendment, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a woman and a man, as you and I sit here today there is no such thing and therefore according to the 10th amendment this is an issue reserved for the states," Bostic said.

What Bostic said is up to the nation is to repair the economy, which he explained while shifting focus from the international news of the day about tension in North Korea.

"We need to keep a close eye there, we need to be very deliberate before we extend the use of force," Bostic said. "I will say that I really believe the genesis of a lot of these things across our globe, not specifically North Korea but a genesis of a lot of that is our weakening economy... I think other nations see that as a sign of weakness. Our military will only be as strong as our economy is strong."

On the other hand, Sanford has a more direct approach on North Korea.

"I think it is important to show force and as you put it, let folks know you may want to chill out just a little because we are an ally here but should a trip wire be crossed I think we need to go back to that which is a constitutional requirement which is that only Congress can declare war... because at the end of the day body bags don't come back to D.C. they come back to all the congressional districts that make up America," Sanford said.

The run-off election is set for this Tuesday, April 2nd. The winner will face democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert-Busch. The general election is May 7th.

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