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Governor candidate Q&A: Steve Pearce

Chris Ramirez
May 25, 2018 06:31 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Congressman Steve Pearce is the lone Rrepublican running to be New Mexico’s next governor. He will take on the winner of the Democratic primary.

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Pearce is a Vietnam veteran and currently represents New Mexico’s Second District. He believes his experience makes him the best person to lead our state.

Pearce: “I think when we look at the troubles New Mexico faces, we all see that, but I see an underlying strength that I believe poises NM for tremendous growth and success and we just need someone who will facilitate that.

KOB: To put it bluntly, New Mexico has not done a good enough job of protecting New Mexico's children, so if elected, what would you do to better protect our kids?

Pearce: I think we are all horrified by watching what happens to the kids in the state, but I'll tell you, there is something more basic that needs to be worked on and that is the family unit.  Until we begin to rebuild and restore families and that means helping them with drug addictions, mental abuse, behavioral problems at the parent level-- until the kids have someplace stable to go and really grow all the help from government agencies in the world is not going to make up that deficit. It's a two-pronged strategy, rebuilding families and making sure the agencies are conducting the oversight that is necessary.

KOB: When it comes to legalizing recreational, adult use marijuana, where do you stand on that issue?

Pearce: Again, look at the problems NM faces, crime, poverty, drug addiction.  All of those things are disrupting the lives of our children, so I personally don't see how we can say we are going to cure the poverty, we're going to get people back to work if we are going to open that avenue to legalizing drugs. 

KOB: When it comes to border security, what is New Mexico's role? What should our state be doing, or perhaps, not be doing?

Pearce: Mr. Trump has said that the wall is going to do it.  In the southern district, my district, I can point to places where they tunnel under the wall, they come through it by cutting it and they come over the wall, so I've told the Trump Administration that we all agree with you, we want to secure the border but why don't we use technology?

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