PHOENIX - It's considered one of the races to watch this primary, Republican David Schweikert going head to head with Republican Rep. Ben Quayle.
Both are incumbents with big name recognition. It was just two years ago that they both began their first term as Congressmen in neighboring districts. Then, the districts were re-drawn pitting the two Republicans against each other.
"It is unfortunate but it is what it is," said Quayle.
"In some ways, you just step up and deal with it," added Schweikert.
Quayle explained that his family has been in Arizona for generations. "My great grandparents, my grandparents, my parents, my brother, my sister. All live out here and my aunts and uncles, so we have deep ties to this area."
Schweikert also boasted about his roots in the Valley.
"For 42+ years I've actually lived in this new congressional district. My whole life is here. Elementary school, Saguaro High School even ASU. This is home," said Schweikert.
Quayle argues that Schweikert hasn't been willing, as a member of congress, to stand-up for the right issues.
"He voted against the Defense Authorization Act which funds our troops and provides for our national defense. That's a big thing for Arizona. We have a lot of military here and we have a lot of aerospace and defense contractors here. He also voted for President Obama's latest stimulus payroll tax, the only Republican to vote for that from the Arizona delegation."
Schweikert says his expertise in finance (he was Maricopa County Treasurer before running for Congress) makes him the right fit for this seat in these tough economic times.
"Home mortgages, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, derivatives, these are things that are incredibly important to the growing areas of the country here in the Southwest. How do you find capital for the next generation of small businesses?" said Schweikert.
Each candidate touted a different "day one" initiative.
"We have to make sure we re-affirm absolutely no earmarks. Number two, I want to continue my passion plea to move forward on what we call single subject rules. You don't take a piece of legislation and put all sorts of things into it." said Schweikert.
"Day one, we want to make sure we are starting the process to repeal Obamacare," said Quayle.
Both candidates argued that they are the "true" conservative. The fact is, Rep. Quayle was chosen as one of the most conservative members of Congress by The National Journal. When you compare their records, they both voted with the Republican party 93% of the time.
In fact, OpenCongress.org shows that Rep. Quayle and Rep. Schweikert voted the same 95% of the time.
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