Four Republicans vying for the United States Senate squared off in a debate for the last time before the primary election.
Candidates answers questions on a wide range of topics from campaign finance reform to the war on terror and, of course, the federal health insurance law during an approximately hour-long debate at the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln.
On immigration, Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay said those in the country illegally must respect American laws.
“I would, however, agree with a pathway to residency, meaning background checks and also having employment and other such things,” McLeay stated.
Midland University President Ben Sasse asserted a pathway to residency wouldn’t work now.
“I appreciate the impulse behind the question, but fundamentally I reject the premise that you can have a comprehensive solution with this president,” Sasse stated. “He selectively non-enforces laws.”
Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale said that until the border is secured all immigration talk is nonsense.
“But until you do that, it’s just too leaky. It’s just a sieve with people coming into our country,” Dinsdale said.
Former State Treasurer Shane Osborn rejected any consideration of a pathway to residency.
“I am completely against amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants,” Osborn stated. “I’m completely against it. I’m the only one who has consistently said that; not dodging, ducking. I’m telling you right now.”
The four are running to get the Republican nod to replace Sen. Mike Johanns who is retiring after this year.
Democrat Dave Domina, a lawyer from Omaha, also is a candidate in the race.
Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN sponsored the debate. Click here to hear audio of the entire debate.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:55]