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Kirkpatrick, Paton criss-cross state vying to win CD1
They're slamming each other on the TV scree, but once the political ads die down, who will you vote for Ann Kirkpatrick or Jonathan Paton. 9OYS breaks down the race for CD 1. Video by kgun9.comvideo
Jonathan Paton says the biggest issue in his district is Obamacare.
Ann Kirkpatrick says the biggest issue in her district is jobs.
Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Congressional District one stretches 55-thousand square miles. It's one of the largest districts in the country and two candidates are busy criss-crossing the state vying for your vote.
They're also slamming each other on the TV screen, but once the political ads die down and dim who will constiuents vote for, Ann Kirkpatrick or Jonathan Paton?
"Independents want someone who won't be a rubber stamp for whoever the president is, they want a check and a balance, and that's what I plan to be in the race," Paton said.
"I was listed as one of the most rebellious congressmen," Kirkpatrick countered. "I'm not afraid to stand up for my district, to stand up to leadership. I always put my district first."
Kirkpatrick and Paton are fighting for one of the largest districts in the country. Congressional District 1 is larger than the state of Pennsylvania. Its issues are diverse and so are the candidates priorities.
"The top issue is to repeal Obamacare," Paton said.
"In my district, it's all about jobs," Kirkpatrick said.
They don't see eye to eye on how to rebuild Arizona's economy and bring back jobs.
"I have a vision for a diversified economy not one dependent on just one industry," Kirkpatrick said.
"There are lots of regulations," Paton said. "Businesses are struggling with taxes. If we could leave them alone, they'd have a better chance to prosper and would hire more workers."
Just as important in CD1, the issue of immigration. Kirkpatrick supports the Dream Act. Paton doesn't.
"If you've come here illegally you've broken our laws," Paton said. "I believe in legal immigration."
But they both agree more must be done to secure the border.
"I have zero tolerance for criminal activity on the border, and we have to tighten up on that," Kirkpatrick said.
As the election nears, they'll spend their time traveling across the district making their final pitch. 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked both the candidates to tell undecided voters why they should vote for them.
"I think this will be one of the most watched elections in the country, the race is incredibly close right now, but I think at the end of the day people will come out in droves to support me," Paton said. "They know I'm not a rubber stamp. I have a track record of standing up for my constituents both as a legislator in Arizona and by serving my country. We're going to win."
Kirkpatrick countered with her final pitch.
"I have a vision for economic development in district," she said. "It's all about jobs. His vision is just partisan attacks on me. People want someone who can get stuff done. They want a problem solver."
The voters get the final say, a chance to approve their message, at the ballot box in just a few weeks.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.