Politics

GOP's Tom Mullins: U.S. Could Put Land Mines Along Mexican Border

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tom Mullins, the Republican nominee for a New Mexico congressional seat, suggested the United States could place land mines along its border with neighboring Mexico.

This way, the theory goes, Americans could secure its border more effectively.

Here's where it gets even more interesting: The controversial remark was made before Mullins won a primary on June 1. Mullins made the comment during a May 18 radio interview on KNMX in Las Vegas, N.M. Mullins said: The U.S. could mine the border, install barbed wire and post signs directing would-be border jumpers to cross legally at designated checkpoints.

However, Mullins now says he is not endorsing the idea. He was merely relaying what others had suggested to him as possibilities during the campaign.

Asked Monday to clarify, Tom Mullins emphasized that he does not advocate doing such a thing.