Opinion: Brian Sandoval again lies to Nevadans on statewide TV

SUBMITTED RELEASE FROM RORY 2010

Brian Sandoval again found himself on the defensive during last night’s appearance on the statewide “Face to Face” with Jon Ralston.

Sandoval denied having said he was unconcerned about his family being impacted by the recently passed Arizona immigration legislation because “my kids don’t look Hispanic.”

But that’s exactly what he said in an Univision interview. Univision News Director Adriana Arevalo told the story in a column in El Tiempo, an influential Spanish-language newspaper in Las Vegas.

“It wasn’t long ago that he (Sandoval) said in an interview on Univision that he vehemently supported Arizona’s anti-immigrant law,” Arevalo wrote in the current edition of the newspaper. “In reference to the same law, he was asked how he would feel if he his children were stopped in the street and asked for their papers. He answered, with a note of pride in his voice, ‘my children don’t look Hispanic.’”

Still, Sandoval denied making the statement when asked by Ralston. “I’ve never described my children as looking Hispanic or not Hispanic,” he said.

Only that’s exactly what he said, according to the El Tiempo article. Maybe Brian Sandoval has a fuzzy memory, since he stammered, “I don’t recall ever being asked about my kids.”

Sandoval also showed he does not have a firm grasp on the reality of Nevada’s economic situation, noting with a smile that he would work to “maintain a positive business environment.” In reality, in a non-partisan study, CNBC recently ranked Nevada 47th in America’s Top States for Business, largely because Nevada ranks dead last in education. That doesn’t seem too positive.

In another bizarre statement, Sandoval told Ralston: “I’ve never said I was for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants….I did not flip-flop.”

Only Sandoval did flip-flop. And the Las Vegas Sun exposed him for it months ago. Still, despite the evidence, the Republican brazenly stuck with his story, saying “none of my positions have changed.”

Yet another untruthful statement from Sandoval, proving that the candidate isn’t who he says he is.

Finally, Sandoval showed again that he is afraid to debate the issues important to Nevada voters, even though Rory Reid has already agreed to 12 debates across the state. Sandoval would only commit to three debates with his opponent because “that’s the way it’s always been done.”

Nevadans can no longer settle for “the way it’s always been done.” Our education system is struggling with more than half of our students dropping of school and unemployment is at a record high. That’s the result of the failed leadership of Jim Gibbons, and Sandoval only wants to continue Gibbons’ shameful legacy of cutting education and watching our economy crumble.

Last night’s Sandoval missteps came a day after the Republican candidate several times defended his short-term deficit “plan,” which calls for raiding $110 million from class-size reduction funds, laying off one in five Nevada teachers and continued deep cuts to our higher education system.

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success–supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

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