The candidates for the 2nd Congressional District seat had an opportunity to fact-check their opponents’ TV ads in a televised debate aired Wednesday on KOB-TV.
Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, who is seeking a sixth term in southern New Mexico’s congressional seat, objected to ads by his Democratic opponent, Roxanne “Rocky” Lara, that accused Pearce of supporting cuts that “would end Medicare as we know it.”
Pearce called the claim a lie. The controversial vote was cast in 2012 for a budget backed by Republicans, but never became law because it was not voted upon by the Senate.
“You have to ask yourself, why is Ms. Lara concentrating on a vote that didn’t become law?” Pearce said. “… This is coming straight from a liberal playbook that says, ‘Change the discussion.’ ”