Hector Balderas in 2012 N.M. Senate Debates


On Civil Rights: Same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue

Q: Do you support same-sex marriage?

Balderas: I see this as a civil rights issue. Yes, I'm supportive of gay marriage and of civil rights issues for all groups.

Heinrich: I support marriage equality. I commend the president for stepping out on the issue. All couples should have access to civil rights. I would work to repeal DOMA

Source: KOAT-7 live blogging of 2012 N.M. Senate debate Jun 3, 2012

On Homeland Security: Reduce some defense spending by drawing down wars

Q: What would you cut from Defense spending?

Balderas: I support the president's budget to reduce some defense spending. I would be supportive of drawing down spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Heinrich: We can't afford to do everything anymore. I do believe it's time to look at troop levels in Europe. Says he'll fight for New Mexico jobs at institutions like Kirtland.

Q: If forced to choose between sparing New Mexico's labs and military bases, which would you choose?

Heinrich: The right way to balance the budget is to bring the troops home, roll back Bush tax cuts and grow the economy.

Balderas: There are meaningful opportunities to do business with less resources. You can probably take 10 percent off the top. We shouldn't be pitting facilities against other facilities.

Heinrich: I'm willing to make cuts where there's waste or abuse.

Source: KOAT-7 live blogging of 2012 N.M. Senate debate Jun 3, 2012

On Welfare & Poverty: Raised on food stamps by struggling single mother

Hector Balderas' opening statement: He says he shouldn't be there because he comes from a struggling single mother and was raised on food stamps. Says he got a great public education. Says too many New Mexicans have lost hope. Attacks Wall Street, Heather Wilson. Touts credentials as state auditor.
Source: KOAT-7 live blogging of 2012 N.M. Senate debate Jun 3, 2012

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