Wednesday, October 10th – in a U.S. Senate debate on Eight’s public affairs program, Arizona Horizon.
The hour-long debate airs live at 5pm and repeats at 10pm on Eight HD (8.1). KUAT (Arizona Public Media) in Tucson has expressed interest in airing this debate to ensure statewide coverage.
DEBATE FORMAT & ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Each candidate will have a one-minute opening and closing statement (the order to be determined by a drawing just prior to the start of the debate). The balance of the half-hour program will be dedicated to a discussion moderated by Arizona Horizon host, Ted Simons. As with all of Arizona Horizon’s debates, this is not a formal exercise. It’s an open exchange of ideas, an opportunity for give and take between the candidates. As such, interjections and even interruptions are allowed provided that all sides get a fair shake. We’ll do our best to make sure that happens.
C-Span will also be recording the debate for airing on its station.
Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Marc Victor loves talking about freedom.
Victor, 43, says he’s been a “freedom activist” since he was 15, and he’s running for U.S. Senate this year to fight for freedom for Arizonans. The website for his law firm even includes the word freedom.
“Freedom is being in charge of yourself, your body, and your time and your money, and not relying on government to take care of us from cradle to grave,” said Victor, an attorney in Chandler. “Fighting for freedom is more important than fighting for money.”
Victor is running against Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona in the race to replace longtime U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, who is retiring.
Though Flake and Carmona are much more well-known and better funded, Victor said neither is the right choice to turn the country in the right direction – neither will fight for the framework of freedom.
“I don’t see anybody else who would drastically reduce the size of government and promote individual rights and responsibilities,” Victor said.
Victor has been in Arizona since 1989 and a lawyer for the last 19 years. He’s a Marine combat veteran, having served in Operation Desert Storm. He has no political experience, but says his experience running a private law firm gives him wisdom about what it takes to create jobs.
He opposes any efforts to cut into our civil liberties, and wants to legalize marijuana and other illegal drugs and end the drug war.
“It’s un-American, it’s destroying our justice system,” Victor said of the war on drugs. Ending it would reduce violence and free up the justice system to focus on violent criminals rather than “victimless crimes.”
He believes the sole purpose of government is to protect people’s rights, and that government needs to drastically reduce spending and move to a true free market, which means low taxes and very few regulations.
“Freedom is my main platform issue, that’s my only issue,” Victor said. “I’m trying to win the hearts and minds of people to support freedom. I think that solves lots of our problems, if not all of our problems.”
Contact reporter Brady McCombs at 573-4213 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @BradyMcCombs.
Thursday, Oct. 18th
6:30 – 9:00 pm
3332 South Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282
Let’s eat! Hosted by Byblos Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean Restaurant. Comfortable surroundings, fine food and quality service is what you can expect from Byblos. Highlights of the dinner include Greek roasted lamb or chicken, Rice Pilaf, Greek Salad, Hummus Falafel with all the accompaniments with Baklava for desert.
6:30- Cocktails and conversation.
7:00- Dinner will be served.
8:00- Dessert and conversation.
8:30- Marc Victor will give a short speech.
9:00- Event wrap up
More info: http://www.victorforsenate.com/byblos
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the 18th!
Arizona Senate Candidate Marc Victor
Posted by parawatchdogs on Sunday, October 7, 2012
US Senate District 3: Marc Victor
Richard Carmona: CHOSE NOT TO RESPOND
Jeff Flake: CHOSE NOT TO RESPOND
Marc Victor is the Libertarian candidate for US Senate. Here are his positions on issues relevant to PARA’s mission to monitor the activities of industrial developers, such as mining corporations, as well as government agencies, to make sure their actions have long-term, sustainable benefits to our public land, our watershed, and our communities. He chose to sum up his answers to all the questions in a few paragraphs. We’ve listed the questions followed by his answers.
1. When considering an industry’s promise to bring jobs to our community, what other factors would you consider when deciding whether or not the overall impact of such activity would ultimately be good for the long term sustainability of our communities?
2. As we desert dwellers are aware, water is a precious resource. What actions will you take to assure protection of the quality
3. If you support open pit mining in the Santa Rita Mountains, Canelo Hills, Patagonia Mountains, and the San Rafael Valley, what is your proposed solution for the economic bust that will happen after the mines play out in 20 years (historical track record and what current mining applicants forecast as period of operation)?
4. What types of support do you suggest for fostering our existing economic business models such as local food production, wineries, eco-tourism, heritage tourism, etc?
5. Thomas Jefferson said : “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. ”
The Mining Law of 1872 was enacted to develop this part of the country and at the time mining used dramatically different extraction methods than today’s industry. What will you do to either outright cancel this law OR in the alternative, bring it to modern times and empower local communities to have control over their resources?
6. HR 3446, the “Fair Payment for Energy and Mineral Production on Public Lands Act” will require mining companies to pay a royalty, provide safeguards for clean water, and give communities and agencies a say about where mining will be permitted. What will you do to support this House bill or its Senate version?
7. What other visions of sustainable economic activities do you have for our area?
Marc Victor’s answers:
My firm belief is that government and industry are too closely tied together, creating legislation for mutual benefit at the expense of consumers, fair competition and a free market.
As a Libertarian, my fundamental belief is that people and communities should engage in activity voluntarily. Parallel to that is the belief that no action undertaken should result in the harm of another person or their property.
When we talk about issues, like the mining industry, these principles should be the basis for making any decision. Mining should be conducted in a manner that is safe for the workers, safe for the residents, and insures that any harmful by-products do not contaminate shared resources like air and water. Private property and trespass laws are the legal key for making sure such damage does not occur and that mining companies are held accountable for remedying the situation if it should.
To the questions about the local economy, business models and the forecasted decline of industry as a particular mine plays out, diverse free markets are the best insurance for a robust economy. Businesses come and go. Industry comes and goes. As technology changes, certain products or services become less desirable in favor of new products and services. To artificially prop up or bail out any business or industry when the consumer and the market no longer want it is, I believe, blatant theft of taxpayer money. You have an advantage of knowing approximately when the mining activity will decline. In my view, members of the local community should be responsible for creating vibrant and competitive local businesses and for planning to accommodate the increase and decrease in the local economy. What I can do to support that is to advocate for the least amount of government intervention and to repeal laws that increase the barriers to or the cost of doing business.
As a non-profit organization with a pending IRS 501-c-3 application, Patagonia Area Resource Alliance (PARA) can not endorse specific candidates. PARA can ask questions of all candidates regarding their positions on issues relevant to PARA’s mission.
The Star invited Arizona’s three U.S. Senate candidates to answer that question, based on the following background:
Mexico is Arizona’s top export partner, accounting for more than a third of our state’s foreign trade. Yet the total value of our exports to Mexico has grown by 1 percent over the past four years while Texas has increased its total by 40 percent. What does Arizona need to do better and how will you expedite trade across our state’s border?