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GOP candidates spar at forum

Posted: April 26, 2014 - 8:58pm  |  Updated: April 26, 2014 - 9:11pm
Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. candidate Joe Miller officially launches his campaign before a crowd of about 200 supporters on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Wasilla, Alaska. Miller won the 2010 Republican Senate primary before losing to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who mounted a write-in campaign for the general election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)  AP
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Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. candidate Joe Miller officially launches his campaign before a crowd of about 200 supporters on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Wasilla, Alaska. Miller won the 2010 Republican Senate primary before losing to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who mounted a write-in campaign for the general election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The three main Republican candidates for U.S. Senate all are anti-abortion, believe government surveillance goes too far and are not in favor of legalizing marijuana.

Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan and current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell answered questions posed by viewers Friday night during a televised forum sponsored by Anchorage television station KTUU and the Alaska Press Club.,

The primary election will be held Aug. 19, when GOP voters will select a candidate to face the incumbent, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. Republicans see retaking the Alaska seat as key to their efforts to turn the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.

When asked if they would support a bill that would recognize that life begins at conception, Miller said protecting life is his top priority, and called the bill a “phenomenal piece of legislation.

“It’s my commitment that if elected as your senator, that would be one of the first things I do when I get to D.C. is co-sponsor that bill,” he said.

Sullivan said he was born and raised a Catholic, is anti-abortion, and as a parent, said he was a blessed man to see the ultrasounds of his three daughters and watch them grow into the teenagers they are today.

“You understand the sanctity of life, and I’m very committed to that,” he said.

However, he said he hasn’t read the bill, and said he feels it’s important to read a bill before he opined on it.

“I don’t think life is a men’s issue or a women’s issue, I think it’s an issue for all of us,” Treadwell said. He also hasn’t read the bill, but said it brings up important issues.

“The issue of personhood is probably the next big debate in this country. And when does personhood being? And I believe if we’re going to defend the rights of an unborn child, say from assault when a mother, a pregnant mother is assaulted, I think we have to understand personhood begins at conception,” he said.

As far as surveillance, all three agreed that the federal government goes too far in collecting information.

Treadwell said he doesn’t believe in secret warrants, and Americans shouldn’t have to give up their freedom to defend the country from terrorist threats.

Treadwell added that government snooping into phone records and emails doesn’t make sense.

“The post office can’t figure out whether to deliver mail on Saturdays, but they somehow can take a picture of your mail coming and going, and we have to call a halt to this,” he said.

Miller called the surveillance “atrocious. This is precisely opposite what our founders intended for our government to do.”

Sullivan said the key issue is that the government needs to be focusing more on the “bad guys and less on the good guys. We’re the good guys, the people living in America.”

During the November election, residents will vote whether to make Alaska the third state in the union to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Sullivan said as a father of three, and a former attorney general, he’s not in favor of an initiative that would allow young children an opportunity to engage in the use of drugs.

Miller, a father of eight and a former state magistrate, said he wouldn’t permit drug use of children and certainly would try to prevent everyone in the state from going down that path.

But he noted the real issue is with the federal government, and he called the national war on drugs unconstitutional.

“The feds shouldn’t be involved anywhere near drugs except for at the borders. It is a state issue,” he said.

Treadwell, as lieutenant governor, oversees elections in Alaska. He said he’s officially neutral on the marijuana question, but noted that in the past he has not been supportive of legalized marijuana.

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Norseman
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Norseman 04/27/14 - 07:18 am
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Well at least this time no

Well at least this time no reporters got handcuffed by the black booted militia thugs.

KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 04/28/14 - 03:09 pm
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All Three Are Better Than Liberal Begich

I don't have to agree with every position taken by these three Republicans - they are infinitely better than the liberal media's sweetheart, Mark (You Can Keep Your Doctor) Begich, lap dog of Barack Hussain Obama.

Norseman
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Norseman 04/28/14 - 06:15 pm
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Methinks Begich is in it for

Methinks Begich is in it for another 6 years. [filtered word] Joe doesn't stand a chance. We all learned what he really is last time around.
Sullivan isn't even an Alaskan. He is just a shill for the koch brothers. Treadwell is just a professional politician who caters to his special interest groups.
Begich is and will always be for all Alaskans, regardless of their party affiliation or lack thereof.
Besides, if you vote for Begich, you will make KK88 miserable for another 6 years, you can't lose:)

Suss
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Suss 04/28/14 - 08:27 pm
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Begich is Better

Norseman you made my beer come out my nose talking your Krazy 8's. Miller's only chance of continuing his money flow is to run wild as an independent. Recent reports show the Tea Party Pacs have been paying out about 2% of their donations to candidates. That is about on par for their thinking.

Suss
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Suss 04/28/14 - 08:27 pm
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Begich is Better

Norseman you made my beer come out my nose talking your Krazy 8's. Miller's only chance of continuing his money flow is to run wild as an independent. Recent reports show the Tea Party Pacs have been paying out about 2% of their donations to candidates. That is about on par for their thinking.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 04/29/14 - 08:15 am
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Senate race

OK, Lets all just admit that none of the parties are anywhere close to perfect. I feel the the Reps and Demo's have been bought and paid for so many times over already they no longer come close to representing their core principles. The Tea Party is only a baby yet and haven't shown any outstanding leadership but I am still hopeful they will get it together to give the people a real choice and Miller shouldn't be their candidate either!

KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 04/30/14 - 01:24 pm
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Begich = Obama

Obama is the chosen one of the liberal media. His voting record was the most liberal on record - conveniently ignored by ABC/CBS/NBC/PBS.

Begich was extremely liberal as an Anchorage Assemblyman.

Begich's voting record on the key issues, during close votes, was as liberal as ever. If you're on a free government ride, then vote for Begich because you can do no better.

Norseman
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Norseman 04/30/14 - 06:01 pm
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..."Obama is the chosen

..."Obama is the chosen one..."

Yes KK88, you are finally right on one thing, he was CHOSEN as our President TWICE. That means the majority of patriotic, constitution loving American citizens voted him in as President TWICE. Time for you to get over it and move on with something new besides your constant crying and lamenting about it. You bring forth zero plans or solutions to help our country move forward.

If you had a clue, you would realize that all 3 repub candidates would do more harm for this state than what Begich has going for him. The key thing in being a senator is the ability to compromise. None of the above have that ability. Begich does. My bet he will be the chosen one again.

So vote for Begich, and vote often.....

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 05/01/14 - 06:29 am
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Chosen

Yep! Chosen Twice. Some people will boil,and fester before acceptance of such a thing.

KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 05/02/14 - 01:10 pm
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Begich, Obama, $17,000,000,000,000 in Debt

The liberals and Democrats in Washington DC are printing money like crazy drunken commercial fishermen. The stock market is being propped up by this money with we borrow from China and Japan. The young idiots who voted for Obama and Begich will get stuck with the check as these two "dine and dash".

Begich won his election with lies about Ted Stevens. Don't vote for this liberal career politician from Anchorage.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 05/09/14 - 08:32 pm
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winning

KK88- Begich did not win because of lies told about Ted Stevens. You do remember? Ted Stevens DID ADMIT his own GUILT. Don't You? He eventually got off on a technicality.Through the bungling of the Republican prosecution team.Which did NOT make him innocent. Stevens was until his dying day "A SELF SERVING CROOKED POLITICIAN"

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