PHOENIX — Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia asked an applauding audience of progressives Saturday night to imagine getting to live in an America with no borders.
Garcia, one of two candidates running for the Democratic nomination, attended the liberal Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans over the weekend. The annual confab is a gathering of far-left politicians, candidates, and activists talking about their political agendas.
Participants in this year’s conference included Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic for office in New York. Ocasio-Cortez — an admitted socialist who believes that “capitalism … will not always exist in the world” — was spotted dining with Garcia on Sunday.
Speaking on stage, Garcia asked the applauding audience to “imagine” a borderless America.
“As we come together to close Netroots, I want to just take a second and imagine,” the Democrat said. “Let’s just imagine … Just imagine no wall. No wall in southern Arizona.”
Garcia has taken a number of controversial positions about border security since launching his campaign. He has called for the abolishment of ICE and the dismantling of the Border Strike Force, which targets cartels and traffickers along the border. He also suggested during a radio interview in June 2018 that Arizona “should pull our resources from the border,” including the National Guard.
The Democratic primary between Garcia and former state senator Steve Farley takes place on August 28.