Governor Doug Ducey and Democratic Party challenger David Garcia faced off on Monday in a debate, sponsored by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. The candidates disagreed on everything from education to border security.
Angel Torres, the Green Party candidate, joined the duo but had little to say.
The debate, moderated by “Horizon” host Ted Simons, was chaotic at times with the two candidates interrupting each other.
Garcia, who has called for open borders, called increased police presence on Arizona highways as part of his “border security” plan.
Ducey reminded Garcia that he and his team have been critical of Ducey’s efforts to strengthen border security and stem the massive flow across the now porous border. According to residents living along the border, Ducey’s Border Strike Force has been effective in reducing drug and human smuggling.
Garcia has said he hopes to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but on Omnday he claimed he only hoped it would be “reformed.”
Torres argued for strengthening Mexican and Central American economies in order to reduce illegal traffic in the U.S.
“The contrast between these two candidates could not be clearer. Governor Doug Ducey has been working hard and getting results for Arizona, and it shows. Whether its investing in education, creating new jobs and growing the economy, or securing our border, Governor Ducey has been there for Arizonans. David Garcia, on the other hand, has made it clear he has nothing to offer Arizonans but resistance, plans to weaken our border security, and opposition to the 20% increase to teachers’ pay,” stated Renae Eze, RNC spokesperson.
— Daniel Scarpinato (@Scarpinato) September 25, 2018
You’re seeing in this debate tonight just a glimpse as to why we’ve endorsed @TeamDucey. His opponent backed a risky scheme to double taxes that would do tremendous damage to the economy and hurt teacher pay. Governor Ducey stands with teachers. #azgov
— Arizona Chamber (@AZChamber) September 25, 2018
When @dg4az says he’s an “education expert,” he means he teaches only 3 classes a semester, 3 hours a week, for a taxpayer-funded salary of over $80,000. #FactCheckGarcia #AZGOV https://t.co/gZTtsqgS2x
— AZ Republican Party (@AZGOP) September 25, 2018
BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM TONIGHT: @dg4az has no plan to fund education. None. Pressed repeatedly, he failed to provide a single idea to get more funding to schools. Meanwhile under @dougducey, AZ has added $2.7 billion to K-12, with more to come. #AZGov
— J.P. Twist (@jp_twist) September 25, 2018
— ProgressNow Arizona (@ProgressNowAZ) September 25, 2018
Ducey has failed our schools and that his term has been defined by half-measures and broken promises. It’s time for change. It’s time for new leadership in Arizona. #dg4az #FromUs #ForUs pic.twitter.com/PN0LJn65UH
— David Garcia (@dg4az) September 25, 2018