The Democratic gubernatorial candidate who asked an audience at a liberal event to “imagine no wall in southern Arizona” on Saturday is backtracking on his statements.
“Just imagine no Trump’s wall in southern Arizona,” David Garcia clarified to 12 News in Arizona Monday. “We stand against Trump’s wall.”
Garcia, who has made previous statements about loosening border security, asked a progressive audience at 2018 Netroots Nation conference to imagine Arizona without borders.
“Just imagine,” he said on Saturday. “No wall. No wall in southern Arizona.” (RELATED: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate: Imagine ‘No Wall In Southern Arizona’)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s campaign manager J.P. Twist, slammed Garcia on Twitter Sunday.
“Why be with Arizona voters when you can suck up to socialists who support open borders!?,” Twist wrote.
Garcia told 12 News: “No, everyone who’s been down understands that there is a barrier. I didn’t say — so, from my perspective, this is very clearly about Trump’s wall.”
News 12 political reporter Brahms Resnick added that Garcia had another conflict to take care of as a result of speaking at the conference.
“His last-minute trip to New Orleans upset a longtime supporter who booked a caterer for a big meet-and-greet event,” Resnick reported for News 12. “She vented at Garcia on Facebook. He told me he talked to her in private.”
Garcia has been outspoken about replacing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement with a “system that works,” and said Arizona’s Border Strike Force Bureau was a political tool used to fear monger, according to a previous Daily Caller News Foundation report.
Garcia’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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