Election 2018 House Kansas

In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Republican congressional candidate Steve Watkins answers questions during an interview at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. As he campaigns in Kansas' 2nd District, Watkins faces questions about what he's telling voters about racing in Alaska's famed Iditarod dogsled race and attempting to scale Mount Everest in 2015. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

INDEPENDENCE, KS. (AP) — Republican Congressional candidate Steve Watkins says he supports President Donald Trump's call for a border wall with Mexico because he wants to "keep our culture."

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watkins said Wednesday during a candidate forum with Democrat Paul Davis in Independence, Kansas, that people who back the wall aren't "mean-spirited" or "racist bigots."

Watkins and Davis are vying for the seat left open in eastern Kansas' 2nd Congressional District by the retirement of GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

Davis says Republicans and Democrats in Washington squandered opportunities in the past to adopt comprehensive immigration reform.

Davis says there should be a "pathway to becoming an American citizen" for people who are "contributing to our economy, that are playing by the rules, that are paying taxes, that are learning English."

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BedPanMary

He is what's needed more of in congress.

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