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The Latest: Arizona governor and rival hold second debate

September 26, 2018
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, left, and Democratic challenger David Garcia partake in a televised debate in the Arizona Public Media studios in Tucson, Ariz., Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a second debate between Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic candidate David Garcia (all times local):

8 p.m.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has largely emphasized border security and his Democratic rival David Garcia has focused mostly on public education in the second of two debates this week in the run up to November’s election.

The Tuesday debate in Tucson has featured local journalists asking questions on a wide variety of subjects.

Solar energy, attracting business to the state, income taxes and jobs are among a host of issues that have come up during the fast-moving one-hour matchup that gave the opponents little time to respond to questions.

The men have repeatedly retreated to their personal talking points, with the governor calling on viewers to visit his fact check web site on Garcia’s past statements. Garcia numerous times has called Ducey “a follower not a leader. ”

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6 a.m.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic candidate David Garcia on Tuesday were headed into the second round of this week’s slugfest with another televised debate.

During their first face-off in Phoenix on Monday, Ducey and Garcia quibbled over border and education policies, with Garcia complaining about attack ads he characterized as bigoted. The second debate on Tuesday night was in Tucson.

Jon Thompson, spokesman for the Republican Governors Association that produced the ads about Garcia’s stand on border issues, called any suggestion of bigotry absurd.

Several of the ads said Garcia wants to “abolish ICE,” or the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a charge he flatly denied on Monday.

Illegal immigration is an issue that runs deep in Arizona, a border state that is home to a large Latino population and some of the toughest laws in the nation targeting migrants living in the U.S. illegally. Ducey has stressed increased security along Arizona’s southern border aimed at stopping the flow of drugs and illegal immigration.

Garcia, a fourth-generation Latino who works as an education professor, has focused on the state’s public education system, another key issue.

An unprecedented teacher strike in Arizona shut down public schools for six days in the spring. The teachers returned to class after Ducey signed a plan to give them a 20 percent pay raise: 9 percent in the fall and about 5 percent in each of the following two years. A previously agreed upon raise makes up the remainder.

Ducey has also announced plans for an academy for public school instructors.

Garcia said school funding still lags nationwide and that Arizona is among the worst places in the country for teachers. He has said many of the state’s teachers work two or three jobs to make ends meet.

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