Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Democrat Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally will debate tonight at the University of Arizona.
The two candidates for Congressional District 2 will be on stage from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Arizona Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom on the UA campus, 1303 E. University Blvd.
The doors open at 5 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-seated. People must be seated by 5:45 p.m. No signs are permitted in the ballroom.
The debate is sponsored by Arizona Public Media, the Associated Students of the UA, and the Arizona Students' Association.
On Tuesday, the Sierra Vista Herald joined Arizona's other newspapers in endorsing Ron Barber for Congress. Our View: Barber for Congress | The Sierra Vista Herald (excerpt):
[Martha] McSally never effectively delivered a clear message on her plan to serve the district, or why Barber is not the better candidate.
A big misstep was her signing of the Grover Norquist "no tax" pledge. That’s a move that puts the agenda of a special interest group ahead of those McSally would be expected to represent and serve in CD2 — her constituents.
At a forum hosted by the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce last week, McSally called on Barber to apologzie for a broadcast advertisement she claimed was sexist. Barber’s reply was straightforward, and should have settled the issue: The ad was paid for by an organization not affiliated with his campaign, and the congressman had no control over its content. But McSally showed poor judgment by bringing the ad/apology issue up once more in the Q&A and then again in her closing statement. Her actions made a bad impression on most in the audience.
Barber, in the short time he has been in office, has already demonstrated he’s informed and involved in a number of Cochise County issues.
That knowledge comes from years working as an aide to Giffords. His grasp of what is going on in Cochise County and rural Arizona does more than scratch the surface. He recognizes the needs of active duty and veterans returning who have returned from many deployments. He knows the water issues concerning Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca.
In Washington, he serves on the House Armed Services committee, a key legislative body for Fort Huachuca and the military installation in Tucson. Barber also is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which provides influence to Washington legislators on border issues.
With all this in mind, Barber offers a better chance to represent the interests of CD 2 as an experienced legislator with a knowledge of how Washington works
Experience and a sincere interest in putting the constituents of CD 2 first make Ron Barber the better candidate on Nov. 6.