Phoenix, AZ — On Thursday night, KAET-TV hosted the first — and only — debate scheduled between Kyrsten Sinema and Vernon Parker. During this debate, Parker hurled one political distraction after another, reciting denials of his own positions and fact-free deceptions about Sinema:
PARKER ON HORIZON: Parker told a national audience that he did not support the Ryan Budget, which endangers Social Security and Medicare.
FACT: Recently, in an interview on Channel 3, Parker said of Medicare that, “it’s not currently, it’s not working.” He explained that this is the reason he supports the Paul Ryan plan for turning Medicare into a voucher program, calling it, “the biggest thing that I do support.” [Full Social Security and Medicare Fact Check]
PARKER ON HORIZON: Parker told host Ted Simons that he was interested in working with both parties to get to solutions.
FACT: During a campaign fundraiser for himself on 3/3/10, Parker told an on-camera interviewer that he considered himself a “political assassin”. He went on to say that there was a “war to get the country back” for conservatives [YouTube, 9/14/2012] [Full Partisanship Fact Check]
PARKER ON HORIZON: Parker told viewers that Sinema was a leader in trying to close Luke Air Force Base.
FACT: Kyrsten Sinema is the only candidate for Congress in AZ09 who has taken action to protect Luke Air Force Base. Parker bases his attack ad on a decade-old survey response by Sinema, long before she was elected into office.
During her seven years in the state legislature, Sinema built a consistent record of sponsoring legislation to strengthen and support military facilities, veterans and military families. Sinema voted against cuts to Arizona’s military installation funds and voted repeatedly to protect Luke Air Force Base from encroachment. [Full Luke Air Force Base Fact Check]
With the AZ09 debate behind him and having only 10-12 minutes to explain his positions, Parker missed an opportunity to explain his extreme positions on eliminating the Department of Education, taking away a woman’s right to make her own private health care choices, and bizarre foreign policy stances such as coming out against “everything” the U.N. does–including sanctions against Iran.