GOP Congressional candidates in the 13th district don't disagree on many issues, but they emphasized different things during a Bloomington forum. Congressional Aide Rodney Davis of Taylorville says trade helps keep hostile leaders like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela engaged on issues the U-S values.
The candidates seeking to replace Representative Tim Johnson on the ballot also say the immigration issue should be handled carefully to avoid alienating Latino voters. Lawyer and former Miss America Erika Harold says it is important to avoid inflammatory rhetoric. Harold suggests emphasizing border security and addressing other questions separately.
Harold says she has not herself decided the answer to the problem of illegal residents but wants to be part of the dialog.
All three agree reducing federal spending is a key to good domestic government. But, business owner Kathy Wassink says that value also extends into foreign policy. She's concerned about the relationship with China.
GOP County leaders will choose among four candidates tomorrow. The winner will face Democrat David Gill in November.
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