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Laffey Wants Wall between U.S. and Mexico
(posted April 23, 2006)
Republican Senate candidate Stephen Laffey says he favors building a wall
between the United States and Mexico in order to stop illegal immigration.
Appearing on the WJAR-TV show "10 News Conference" with Bill
Rappleye, the Cranston mayor described immigration as an issue "where
the government in Washington is so far removed from what ordinary folks
think." In addition, Laffey said it was time for the federal government
to "enforce the law" regarding immigration.
When asked about Iraq, Laffey claimed "things are going better than the
mass media would have you suspect." But he noted that as soon as the
Iraqis can stand up for themselves, the U.S. should withdraw. America
promised the Iraqi people that we would leave Iraq a better place, Laffey
noted, and it is important to maintain that promise.
Rappleye asked Laffey whether his penchant for fighting with political
opponents would make it difficult for him to be successful in Washington. The
mayor responded by saying he had been very successful in Cranston working
with other people. "We got a 20 percent co-pay" on health care with
the Teamsters Union and pointedly noted that this was better than "the
mickey mouse operations in Warwick and Providence" when it came to cost
sharing with union employees.
Laffey described his personal philosophy saying he was "a conservative
business person" who wanted to change things in Washington. His task
what to "expose what is wrong [and] work harder than anyone else."
Laffey has signed a pledge to vote against any tax increase in Washington.
"Tax cuts in place today are leading to massive economic
development," he noted. He said it was time to stop increases in the
federal government's "non-discretionary and non-military spending"
in order to balance the budget by 2011.
State officials also came in for their share of criticism. Commenting on
something he has noticed while driving around the area, Laffey said the state
"needs to paint some of the bridges in Rhode Island so the rust doesn't