Republican Candidates Focus on Immigration Ahead of First Debate

- VOA News,August 4, 2015

Immigration was a key focus Monday night as Republicans hoping to be the next U.S. president took part in a forum ahead of the party's first official debate.

Fourteen of the 17 major contenders were in New Hampshire for the two-hour event televised nationally on the same cable network that shows congressional proceedings and on local channels in the first states to vote in the nomination process early next year.

Billionaire Donald Trump, the current leader in national polls, declined to participate, as did former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

The rest of the crowded field took turns speaking in individual interviews, a format different from the debate Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio that will allow candidates to address one another.  That event will be limited to the top 10 candidates in national polls, according to party rules.

They focused criticism on Democrats, particularly that party's leading candidate, Hillary Clinton, while expressing the need to focus on securing the nation's borders as a major component of immigration policy.

美国共和党总统参选人举行论坛会议

- 美国之音,2015年8月4日

美国共和党总统参选人在首次正式辩论之前,星期一晚上举行了一次论坛会议,移民问题是讨论的重点之一。

在17位共和党总统参选人中,有14位出席了在新罕布什尔州举行的两小时论坛会议。亿万富翁川普和前阿肯色州州长赫克比谢绝与会。川普目前在全国民调中居于领先地位。

与会的共和党总统参选人轮流阐述自己的观点,这种方式与星期四即将在俄亥俄州城市克利夫兰举行的辩论不同,届时将允许总统参选人们相互辩诘。在全国民调中位居前十的共和党总统参选人,将获得参加首次辩论的资格。

各位与会者重点对民主党人进行批评,尤其将矛头指向在民主党内领先的总统参选人希拉里·克林顿,同时表示必须加强美国边境的安全,并将此作为移民政策的主要内容。