"It's kind of funny he keeps calling me mister. It's General Douglass. Okay folks?" said 5th district democratic candidate General John Douglass during a hot debate in Danville Wednesday night.

In the first public meeting between Douglass and current Congressman Robert Hurt, their stances on issues quickly became clear.

"It took you a little bit of time to get talking about uranium congressman," Douglass said. "We don't need the uranium for our country, we don't need it for Southside. The only people that are going to benefit from it are a very few people that are investors including Congressman Hurt's family. And we don't need that mine."

It took the candidates only 15 minutes to get into this firey debate on uranium mining.

Douglass, a retired Air Force brigadier general, blamed Hurt for supporting the uranium industry.

Neither man will be involved in the decision of lifting the 30 year ban on mining in Virginia. It will be decided by the general Assembly next year.

"What my opponent has done, in lying about this issue about my interest in uranium mining, I have none. I have none," Hurt said.

Douglass admitted this is his first try at politics, but he said people and soldiers want a veteran in office not a politician.

A comment Hurt found offensive.

"I have never, never had a veteran, never had one of those gentlemen that I met at Walter Reed say that I shouldn't be in congress because I didn't serve in the military," Hurt said.

In an hour both candidates covered a dozen more issues like abortion, education, race, foreign policy and health care.

"I oppose the idea of doctors and patients being separated by the government," Hurt said.

"Congressman Hurt says he opposes and then what he votes for," Douglass said.

Douglass challenged Hurt to five debates. Hurt only agreed to two.

The next debate is next Monday in Fauquier County.