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District 10 foes Collins, Hice spar in debate

POSTED: July 16, 2014 1:00 p.m.

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U.S. Congressional 10th District GOP candidates are getting their final words in as they prepare for a runoff in their hotly contested race.

Voters will decide Tuesday between Jody Hice and Mike Collins for the Republican nomination in the Barrow County district. On July 13 the two held their final debate as they touched on issues of immigration, spending and took a few shots at each other.

Hice barely edged out Collins in the croweded May primary garnering 17,378 votes to 17,108. The winner will face Athens attorney and Democrat Ken Dious Nov. 4.

Collins says he opposes amnesty and believes there is a problem with immigration.

He cited recent articles about how some crops aren’t being picked in South Georgia because there aren’t enough migrant workers.

"We need to revamp our whole immigration system," Collins said during the debate hosted by The Atlanta Press Club. "For one thing we need to secure our borders. For a second we need to revamp the migrant worker program.

"There’s no reason in 2014 that we can’t get migrant workers into this country and get them back out."

Hice addressed his decade old comment that women needed to consult their spouse before running in an election. He said anyone who is running for office should get their spouses’ support.

He said he’s encouraged women such as Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger to run.

"I’ve been on the frontline defending values and concerns of women for a long time," said the conservative radio talk show host.

Hice also took aim at Collins saying he would raise the debt ceiling.

"I believe that’s a horrible business practice," Hice said. "The issue at hand is that we have to cut spending."

Collins retorted that Hice is using political gamesmanship with a debt ceiling issue that Hice doesn’t understand. The U.S. Constitution requires Congress pay off the debt ceiling, which he described as a line of credit.

"If we had more business people in Congress that understand that concept and quit running this (nation) off the seat of their pants then we wouldn’t be in this mess," said Collins, an owner of a trucking company in Jackson.

Both candidates said they supported Gov. Nathan’s Deal refusal to expand Medicaid costs and said that the nation needed more leadership when dealing with foreign problems.



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