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Live Blog: New Mexico Senate Debate

October 11th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by under Latest Posts

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Debate between Congressional candidates Heather Wilson and Martin Heinrich with KRQE News 13 moderator Dick Knipfing

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Debate over. It will air again tonight our sister station KASA Fox 2 at 10pm.

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Heinrich:  My priorities are NM priorities. Tax cuts to middle class, protecting social security. Wilson supported two rounds of Bush tax cuts that exploded our deficit. Let me be clear..I will never balance our budget on the backs of our senior citizens.

Wilson: I believe in American dream. Heinrich has voted for more debt, wants higher taxes for people who create jobs. I will always protect social security and medicare.

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Heinrich: I’m not going to wait in the back and wait until they tell me to raise my hand. I’m going to fight for bases and our labs.

Wilson:  You use your life experience in senate. We need strong advocate for our bases.

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Wilson: We are in deep trouble. We may be going to Navy size it was in 1915…this has to be turned around. I believe weakened U.S. military means a dangerous world.

Heinrich: Wilson voted to send Americans into harms way into Iraq. That’s not leadership. The bill I voted for, John McCain voted for.

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Wilson: I oppose amnesty over people who have been waiting for citizenship.

Heinrich: You have to get a handle on who is here.  Criminals here illegal should be deported. Those here should get to end of the line and get citizenship. He supports Dream Act.

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Wilson: We should build keystone pipeline.

Heinrich: Wind is putting people to work here in NM.

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Wilson: You can fight for your green dream but I’ll  fight for jobs here and now.

Heinrich: When you look at jobs today either a coal miner or work in oilfield….we owe it to them to have jobs in the future.

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Wilson:  We need a balance energy plan. Heinrich voted on cap and trade bill. Last month, he said coal is the fuel of the past. Your telling NM coal miners, their jobs in the past.

Heinrich: We need to move from traditionally to more and more clean sources. NM has enormous amount of natural gas.  We need to invest in solar and wind.

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Heinrich:  As an engineer, I understand what happens at the labs. I would be the only engineer in the senate.  I have fought hard for the jobs at national labs. It’s not just about nuclear mission.

Wilson: We have to support mission at labs. You have to keep those facilities and missions strong.

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Heinrich: I stepped up and found Tacos a new mission.

Wilson: Los Alamos  just laid off hundreds, NM lost the Tacos  because you didn’t do anything.

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Heinrich: I was able to pass legislation that deeply impacts NM. I could only do that by working closely with republicans.

Wilson: Independence is voting against education bill and being the only republican to do so.

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Heinrich: To blame social security for causing budget crisis…isn’t right.

Wilson: No one is saying that. The problem is starting two years ago..more money going out to social security than people paying in.

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Heinrich: Social Security and Medicare…a promise I will keep. Go to youtube and type in Heather  Wilson and see what they have to say about her approach.

Wilson: I know these programs matter…I lived that.

Wilson: We need to control spending.

Heinrich:  Ironic she is offering a solution to the problem she helped create.

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Heinrich:  We have to address the deficit. We can do it a couple of different ways. I say take a balanced appproach. Democrats will have to make cuts they’re not comfortable with.  Wilson wants deep cuts to things such as social security.

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Heinrich: We do well as a country when we invest in the middle class. That’s where we should focus…tax cuts for the middle class.

Wilson: Middle class is suffering under policies Heinrich has supported the past couple years. You need to quit helping.

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Wilson: You have voted for budgets with trillion dollar deficits.

Heinrich: I would get rid of things we don’t need anymore….such as subsidies for the biggest oil companies. There are plenty of places to cut.

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Wilson: Healthcare act should be repealed and replaced.

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Dick Knipfing: How do you create jobs?

Heinrich: Invest in infrastructure and invest aggressively in technology institutions…UNM, the Labs.

Wilson: Government can’t create wealth…. low taxes and fair regulations will create jobs.

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Heinrich: She voted to get rid of the rules that opened the door to all kinds of changes such as two wars paid for on a credit card. I voted against the Ryan budget plan because  it would have devastated NM. Wilson said she admired the Ryan budget.

Wilson: That’s incorrect.

Wilson: Slowest recovery we have had in 60 years and you want to raise taxes on small businesses.

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Heinrich:  I  have constantly fought for lower taxes for smaller businesses. Records speak for itself.  We still have long way to go. Wilson wants more tax cuts for the wealthy.

Wilson: Heinrich what you’re doing is not working.

Heinrich:  The people who really need help now is middle class.

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Wilson: I worry about the jobs that will be there for my kids. Keep taxes low. We are about to lose 20,000 jobs in NM next year because of bill Heinrich voted for.

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Dick Knipfing: Candidates will get the time they want to answer questions…. explain, challenge and defend. It’s not your normal debate format.

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Just minutes away from the start of the first televised debate between Heinrich and Wilson.

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Heather Wilson has just arrived to the station and Martin Heinrich arrives minutes later.  Both guest are preparing in different areas of the building.
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First televised debate between Heinrich & Wilson on KRQE News 13 at 6pm  join me (Jessica Garate) for live blogging.

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4:43: We are getting set up for this evenings debate.  Please stand by…

4:00 PM: We’re prepping the newsroom for the first of four debates between Congressional candidates Heather Wilson and Martin Heinrich.  KRQE News 13′s Dick Knipfing will moderate the debate.  There are no time limits in this debate thus allowing each candidate to explain their answers completely and allow the moderator to press the candidates if their answers are not clear.  Jessica Garate will be live-blogging throughout the debate right here on KRQE.com.

Wilson represented New Mexico’s First Congressional district from 1998-2008 as U.S. Representative and was the first and only female veteran in Congress.  She was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Heinrich replaced Wilson in 2009 as U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s First Congressional district and currently occupies that seat.  Prior to being elected to Congress, Heinrich served as Albuquerque City Council President and as Natural Resources Trustee for the State of New Mexico.