CD4 Debate, Pt. 1: Immigration and Securing the Border

24 April 2012  
Replaying the CD4 debate that took place at ERAU Friday night. 

Were you able to attend Friday's debate with the Congressional District 4 Republican candidates? If not, no worries. 

The eNewsAZ Network sites will be presenting each question individually, complete with full answers and rebuttals. It's a chance for people to study the candidates and their answers. It'll be spread out over the next several days.

We'll also look at a few other things, too. Such as the background of certain questions or responses. Or other events surrounding the issues. By the end of the week, you'll have a lot of information on which to base a preliminary conclusion. Of course, it's early in the election season, yet. A lot can happen between now and the Primary election. So, you may want to hold off on making up your mind.

This debate was the first real opportunity to challenge each others' records, issue positions and even character. The candidates have met before, but usually in a forum, not an official debate. Friday night, each of the candidates seized opportunities to attack the opponents.

The debate, sponsored by the College Republicans, was held at Embry-Riddle University, before a crowd of nearly 200. Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman was the moderator. The first half of the evening, Thurman asked questions that were already prepared. In the second half, questions came from the audience.


To begin with, each candidate had about 3 minutes to introduce himself. You can see that here:

Order of speaking: Babeu, Gould, Gosar


Q1: Immigration

The first question was about a topic Babeu likes to discuss probably better than anything else: immigration.

Order of speaking: Gosar, Gould, Babeu


Q2: Securing the Border

Question two was on a related issue, and that was the topic of securing the border. Although the candidates all agreed that the border needs to be secured, this is where the discussion started to get a bit testy.

Order of speaking: Babeu, Gould, Gosar; Rebuttal: Babeu, Gould, Gosar.


A Little Context

While these candidates will surely continue the debate on immigration and security during this election season, government at the federal levels continue to use these issues as political weapons. Monday afternoon The Washington Post ran an article, "Democrats plan to force vote on Arizona immigration law if it's upheld by court," which details how Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) plans to force a vote on legislation to overthrow the Arizona SB1070 law on immigration.

"The legislation would have little chance of passing in a stalemated Senate or being approved by a GOP-held House, but it would allow Democrats to push their electoral advantage with Latino voters just as the presidential campaign heats up in July," reports Rosalind S. Helderman. "The immigration law is deeply unpopular with Latino voters, who could be key to the outcome of the presidential and Senate races in several Western states."

Tomorrow: Entitlements, Healthcare and Energy.

What did you think about the candidates' responses to these questions? Do you agree, disagree? Did you like one response better than another? Let us hear from you in the comment section below.

Lynne LaMaster