Border security divides Democratic senate candidates
June 27th 2012 · 1 Comment
Two underfunded U.S. Senate candidates battling for the Democratic Party‘s nomination squared off Tuesday in hopes of escaping the shadows of their GOP opponents and capturing a statewide victory for the first time since 1994.
Former state Rep. Paul Sadler and retired educator Grady Yarbrough, who said they have spent a combined $165,000 campaigning, agreed on many of the issues including same-sex marriage, Social Security benefits and foreign policy. They split on border security and decriminalizing marijuana.
Sadler, a lawyer who served six terms in the Texas House, questioned his opponent’s qualifications for a congressional seat.
“At the level of the United States Senate, experience is important,” Sadler said. “I don’t think you can make the important choices until you have been (in a legislative body) and had to make those decisions and live with the consequences.”
Sadler, who served as the chair of the House Public Education Committee from 1995-2003, said the only other candidates, beside himself, who filed for the election and are qualified for the Senate are his Republican opponents.
Yarbrough, running in his fourth statewide election and second as a Democrat, disagreed and said he would endorse Sadler if defeated in the July 31 runoff.
At one point in the debate the candidates were given the opportunity to ask the other a question.
Yarbrough, 75, questioned Sadler’s plan to create jobs if elected.
Sadler said he did not have a question to ask his opponent.
“(Yarbrough) can ask me two,” he said and later added, “I really don’t have anything to ask him.”
Immigration took a front seat in much of the conversation, including border violence, drug laws and the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s immigration law.
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