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Alaska GOP candidates clash on immigration

Posted: August 11, 2014 - 7:01pm
Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidates Joe Miller left, Dan Sullivan, middle, and Mead Teadwell greet before a live televised debate Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, the major Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration in a televised debate. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)  AP
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Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidates Joe Miller left, Dan Sullivan, middle, and Mead Teadwell greet before a live televised debate Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, the major Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration in a televised debate. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ANCHORAGE — Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party’s nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate ahead of the Aug. 19 primary.

Both former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell refused to sign a pledge offered by tea party favorite Joe Miller to oppose all efforts at “amnesty” for people here illegally if elected to the U.S. Senate, with Treadwell chastising Miller for sending out a mailer on immigration featuring menacing Hispanic gang members. Miller, in turn, noted that several of Sullivan’s backers, like GOP strategist Karl Rove, favor allowing many of the 11 million immigrants in the country to eventually become citizens.

“It’s because it’s the truth,” Miller said when challenged about the pictures on the flier. “This is real-world stuff.”

Miller, an attorney who won the 2010 Republican Senate nomination but lost to Sen. Lisa Murkowski when she bested him in a general election write-in campaign, has been increasingly emphasizing immigration as he tries to break out of what most observers believe is third place in the heated primary fight. He has been highlighting his support from Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a well-known immigration hardliner.

Miller was also the only one of the three candidates who refused to commit to endorsing the winner of the Republican primary. That will continue to stoke speculation that he could run on a third-party ticket should he lose the primary, which could effectively hand the November election to incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Begich.

The candidates also clashed over the economic stimulus, gun rights and campaign spending. Sullivan has raised almost four times as much money as Treadwell and has a super PAC backing him, enabling him to bombard the airwaves with advertising. Begich and his super PAC have also jumped into the fight, attacking Sullivan over his roughly seven-year absence from the state, when he was in Washington, D.C., working in the administration of President George W. Bush and serving with the military overseas.

Republicans need to net six Senate seats to win control of the chamber in November. Sullivan stressed the need for the GOP to regain power in Washington, focusing, as befits his presumed front-runner status, on Begich rather than his primary foes.

“Our country is fundamentally going in the wrong direction,” said Sullivan, who is also a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Reserves. “The best way to change this is to beat Mark Begich and retire Harry Reid.”

Treadwell stressed his 40 years in Alaska and said Sullivan didn’t have enough experience to win in November. “Dollars don’t vote here in Alaska, people do,” he said in a dig at Sullivan’s financial backers, “and I ask you to remember that we can’t be bought.”

Sullivan chided Treadwell for sitting on the board of a company that sold equipment to the federal government for stimulus projects. Treadwell responded that there was nothing wrong with the business selling to the federal government and noted that the paint-supply company run by Sullivan’s family also received contracts under the stimulus.

Miller, meanwhile, had a tone of bemusement, saying that Treadwell had adopted so many of his positions from his failed 2010 bid that he wondered if the lieutenant governor would show up with a beard, a reference to Miller’s facial hair. He noted he was the only non-millionaire in the race and boasted of building his own house in the Alaskan interior and feeding his family with the fish he caught in the state’s rich waters.

On immigration, all three candidates bashed the Obama administration for failing to secure the border. Treadwell said he supported letting some people here illegally stay once they pay a fine and wait for permits behind those who immigrated legally. Sullivan called for more border security.

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Norseman
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Norseman 08/12/14 - 04:30 pm
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..."Miller was also the only

..."Miller was also the only one of the three candidates who refused to commit to endorsing the winner of the Republican primary. That will continue to stoke speculation that he could run on a third-party ticket should he lose the primary, which could effectively hand the November election to incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Begich..."

We can only hope and pray.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 08/12/14 - 05:49 pm
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Sign a Pledge?

Say NO to pledge signing. We saw what can happen .When traitorous SOB's take their oath of office after signing a pledge to a private individual.What a crock! Asking someone to NOT do their elected office duties.Miller is also guilty of handcuffing FREE SPEECH. Mr. Treadwell's quote "Dollars don't vote here in Alaska,people do". Well! That is is not quite the way it is.The elected vote after they have taken the money paid to them by the oil corporations to vote favorably for the interest of the oil industry.Now! that is what has been the practice for nigh 40 years in JUNEAU.Honesty,Integrity,Incorruptible YEAH!

jford
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jford 08/12/14 - 11:07 pm
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Republicans blowing their dog whistles to attract racists.

Need votes? Pander to racists and bigots.

It's a Republican feature, something they all cultivate.

And Miller? He bought a 400 thousand dollar house and then applied for a low income fishing license.

He's sucked on the government teat all his life yet professes to be against the government entitlement programs that have supported him all his life.

http://solinsoldotna.blogspot.com/2014/08/joe-miller-king-of-welfare-que...

jford
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jford 09/23/14 - 09:22 pm
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Sullivan endorses Ted Cruz lunacy, still has Koch habit.

We all know by now that Dan Sullivan's father is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy his son a senate seat.

650,000 dollars at last count.

The question is - why?

Is to benefit Sullivan's father's business friends like the Koch Brothers? Look it up - Sullivan's father and the Koch Brothers are friends. This is why Dan Sullivan has never denounced the Koch Brothers for shutting down the Flint Refinery and laying off Alaskans.

We know that Sullivan's father does not and has never lived in Alaska so we also know that he doesn't have Alaska's interests in mind.

Basically it comes down to this - a vote for Sullivan is a vote for the Koch Brothers and a vote against the best interests of Alaska.

leewaytooo
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leewaytooo 09/24/14 - 01:27 am
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money talks, miller

money talks, miller walks....

run miller run........

third place is where you belong.....

maybe sullivans daddy will buy you out....

and you can buy a razor.......

here is to hoping that kochs kroaking keeps us hoping.

"burb"

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