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First of three GOP U.S. Senate debates complete in Gering

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Four men vying to replace Mike Johanns in the U.S. Senate competed in the first of three debates hosted by the Nebraska GOP party tonight in Gering.

Bart McLeay, Sid Dinsdale, Shane Osborn, and Ben Sasse all fielded questions from a panel on some of the hot topics facing our nation.

Some of the topics included the Farm Bill, renewable fuel standards, protection from the EPA, and our nation's growing deficit.

Immigration reform was tackled as well.

Bart McLeay says that immigration reform begins with respect. Respect for our law, respect for our borders and respect for our people.

Sid Dinsdale supports immigration reform. He wants to seal the borders, and is not for deporting illegal immigrants unless they commit a crime.

Shane Osborn does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants who break the law. He says the fact of the matter is you have to shut the borders down.

Ben Sasse says that immigration reform is a crisis of trust. Our nation's borders have to be secured before there is any other discussion.

There will be two more U.S. Senate debates before the GOP primary in May. 

A fifth candidate- Clifton Johnson of Ft. Calhoun- was in attendance of tonight's debate, but due to a late filing could not participate.

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