An excerpt from today’s AP story about the debate in Sioux Falls:
Noem said she would have tried to block funding for a Department of Justice lawsuit challenging the Arizona law, which would require state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic stops.
â€œWhen we are sitting here in a recession and need dollars to go to our priorities, our priorities should not be our administration and our country suing our states when all they want to do is protect their people,â€ she said.
Herseth Sandlin, who is seeking re-election to a fourth full term, said blocking funding for the Justice Department lawsuit â€œsets a terrible precedent.â€
â€œCan you imagine a state passing a law that violates someoneâ€™s voting rights and not allowing the Department of Justice to raise constitutional questions? Thatâ€™s what this amendment would have done,â€ she said.
And remember, Noem and Herseth Sandlin will debate Saturday, Aug. 28, at noon in the Corn Palace during the Corn Palace Festival.