The three Alaska Senate candidates participated in a debate last night, and write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) used some of her time to hit Republican Joe Miller for his remark that if East Germany could secure its border during the time of the Berlin Wall, the U.S. certainly can as well. “We should not be looking to East Germany as a model for our security and border enforcement,” Murkowski said.
Miller responded: “Last time I checked, East Germany was no longer a nation.”Murkowski also addressed Miller’s proposal to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. “We can’t build a fence that’s high enough,” she said. Democrat Scott McAdams agreed, and added: “We do need to enforce the laws we have on the books. We do need to secure our borders.”
The debate also turned to Miller’s past ethics violations during his time at the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The Anchorage Daily News reports that “Joe Miller said he was suspended for or docked three days’ pay for violating ethics policy while working as a local government attorney in 2008.” He admitted to participating in a private poll during his lunch hour.
The admission came the same day a judge ordered the release of his employment records from during his time at the borough.
Here’s some video from the debate:
The TPM Poll Average finds Murkowski just ahead of Miller, 36.7%-36.0%, with McAdams trailing at 25.5%.