ERIE, Pa. - Congressman Mike Kelly headlined Friday’s Erie County Republican Party annual dinner. It was his first stop in Erie since his contentious debate on the house floor this week with California Congresswoman, Maxine Waters.

The heated exchange happened as the house considered rolling back an Obama-era regulation on automobile lending guidelines.

"We are trying to make sure that we are making America great every day in every way, and the best way to do that is to stop talking about discrimination and start talking about the nation,” Kelly said during the exchange.

"Mr. Kelly, please do not leave because I want you to know that I am more offended as an African-American woman than you will ever be."

Kelly and his family own several dealerships in Western Pennsylvania.

The congressman told our Matt Knoedler the debate centered on waters belief, that racial discrimination is a factor, when getting loans.

“It's based on your Beacon Score, it's 'what is your credit rating',” Kelly said at the dinner. “It has nothing to do with the color of your skin or how you worship or nothing else. To me, that type of language is so incendiary.”

You can check out the exchange here.