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Posted: Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:24 pm | Updated: 12:27 pm, Sat Jul 31, 2010.

Two of the most common questions I'm asked are: "Why are you running for Attorney General"? and "Why should I vote for you?" These are fair questions that go right to the heart of the matter and deserve clear and concise answers.

WHY AM I RUNNING?

I believe that the main priority of government should be to insure the safety of our citizens. Otherwise, we cannot be safe in our homes and able to enjoy the quality of life we are entitled to. As Maricopa County Attorney for the past five-plus years, I was at the forefront in our mission to reduce crime and illegal immigration through tough, no-nonsense policies. I am proud to say we have experienced significant success.

Our violent crime rate is down more than 19%. My work with Sheriff Joe Arpaio has helped drive down illegal immigration 18 to 30%. As Attorney General I hope to continue this record of success and make our streets safer and our borders more secure statewide.

By serving as the state's chief law-enforcement officer, I would bring new energy and vision to that office. Also, I would have statewide legal authority to combat illegal immigration. I would continue to stand up to those powerful special interests that have opposed my successful crackdown on crime and illegal immigration.

WHY VOTE FOR ME?

Unlike Tom Horne, my opponent in the Republican primary, I have the experience, record and values that Republican voters deserve in an Attorney General. I have been a prosecutor in the courtroom. As Maricopa County Attorney I administered an office of close to 1000 employees and oversaw the prosecution of approximately 200,000 felony criminal cases. Mr. Horne has never prosecuted a criminal case. We need a chief law-enforcement officer for Arizona who has experience in law enforcement. That is why law-enforcement leaders throughout Arizona, including former Attorney General Bob Corbin, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh, Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (representing 2700 Phoenix police officers), and the National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 have endorsed me.

I am a conservative, and I don't just play one in election years. That is why I have received the endorsement and support of the National Rifle Association and Arizona Right to Life. Mr. Horne is a liberal who has proposed and supported an amnesty plan for illegal immigrants, opposes school choice, and supports taxpayer funding for abortion. While Mr. Horne has tried to reinvent himself as a conservative, his record of support for liberal causes speaks for itself.

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