by Jim Nintzel
Phoenix PBS affiliate KAET-TV hosts a debate with the four Republicans running in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate.
The Carmona campaign pounces on an immigration moment with this press release:
Anyone who watched tonight's GOP debate would have seen Congressman Jeff Flake make a laughably false statement about his position on immigration reform. Flake denied that he has flip-flopped on immigration reform — but his statement almost two years ago today on the exact same show to the exact same host tells a much different story.
FLAKE TONIGHT: “We Have To Get Better Border Security First.”
HOST: “I want to get your ideas on immigration reform, immigration enforcement. You have been criticized for changing your position on this issue. Is that valid?”
FLAKE: “It's not. it's a recognition that until we get better border security that we can't move on to the other items of reform that we are going to need at some point, but we have to get better border security first.” [Arizona Horizon, 8/16/2012]
FLAKE TWO YEARS AGO: “…What I Have A Problem With Is Those Who Say Let’s Fix The Border, And Then Do Everything Else.”
Jeff Flake on Arizona Horizon: “But what I have a problem with is those who say let’s fix the border, and then do everything else, knowing that doing those things on the border at best is going to take years to secure the border, and in the meantime, we have to realize that between 42 and 45 percent of those who are here now didn’t come across the border, they came legally and have overstayed. And so I think it behooves us to also deal with those issues as well, while we focus on the border, not just say ‘we’re going to focus on the border and then everything else.” [Arizona Horizon, 8/18/2010]