Like other tea party candidates across the country who have run in this cycle’s Senate GOP primaries, Joe Miller has focused on taking a hard line on immigration, particularly in the final days leading up to the primary. Here’s an image from a recent mailer sent by his campaign:
Like those other tea party Senate candidates, who, it should be noted, have all lost their races, Miller has repeatedly said that he doesn’t support any sort of amnesty. On Friday, he released a video of his campaign staff dropping off a “No Amnesty” pledge to Dan Sullivan’s and Mead Treadwell’s office, set to what sounds like rapping chipmunks. Here it is:
Sullivan’s campaign declined to comment on whether or not he would sign the pledge. Sullivan has been safely vague on the issue, saying only that the country needs to secure its borders, and that he thinks that the thousands of immigrant children currently on the Southern border should be send back to where they came from.
This is one of the few issues where Treadwell has not tried to out-tea-party Miller. His campaign said that he wouldn’t sign the pledge and Treadwell sent the following statement:
If Joe decides to play the pledge game, he should first commit to support the winner of the Republican Senate Primary in the fall election. I would also hope that he would sign the Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge as I have. I do not support amnesty. I do support a legal pathway for those who pay their penalties and get in line behind the many people who have come here legally and who are currently waiting to have their applications considered. Joe’s pledge says what he won’t do. It doesn’t say what he will do.
I asked Miller’s campaign what he would do with the children on the border, and with the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. As of Saturday night, I haven’t gotten a response.
Recent polls have shown Miller far behind both Sullivan and Treadwell. Immigration hasn’t been a big issue in Alaska, and it’s unclear how much all of this will move primary voters here, just like it’s failed to do elsewhere. However, just the fact that Miller sent out a mailer and appears to be focused on closing messages might get him some traction.
“Joe Miller is making his move,” political consultant Marc Hellenthal said. “It’s going to play among the crowd, and it might take some points from Treadwell. But it won’t do much. This is a Fox News issue, it’s not an Alaskan issue,” he said.
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