AG Candidates Spar in AETN Debate

OCTOBER 11, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT

CONWAY, AR - The three candidates for Arkansas attorney general faced off in their first debate yesterday, and illegal immigration, payday lending and consumer protection were among the hot topics.

Republican nominee Gunner DeLay, Democrat nominee Dustin McDaniel of Jonesboro, and Green Party nominee Rebekah Kennedy participated in the debate, which was taped during the day and televised last night on the Arkansas Education Television Network.

In an opening statement, DeLay said he represents beliefs held by most Arkansans, including a traditional definition of marriage, the right to bear arms and the sanctity of human life.

McDaniel touted his experience as a police officer and state lawmaker.

Kennedy pointed out differences between the Green Party and the Republicans and Democrats, noting that "The Green Party believes in equal justice, fair taxes, unions and health care for all Arkansans."

DeLay said the state needs to take more action in enforcing immigration laws.

McDaniel said that, if elected as attorney general, he would work with other attorneys general to lobby the federal government for more federal enforcement agents in the states.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)