Long to Gillibrand: Let's debate

2012-07-09T13:27:00Z 2012-07-09T13:52:35Z Long to Gillibrand: Let's debateRobert Harding Auburn Citizen
July 09, 2012 1:27 pm  • 

Wendy Long challenged her fellow GOP challengers to debates when they were campaigning for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.

Now that she has secured the party's nod, Long is challenging U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to a series of debates across the state.

Long is calling for five debates, with each debate covering a different topic. Some of the topics include "New Yorkers' Economic Security and the Federal Debt" and "Federal Economic Policy Effects on Women and Children."

"Never have there been two candidates, who by all outward appearances have so much in common, yet who offer such a contrast of the two paths between which voters must choose," Long said in a news release. "At this critical time for our state and our nation, the choice is between out-of-control big government that has failed the people versus smaller, responsible, constitutional government that gives power back to the people."

Long's campaign says there have been offers by "respected media outlets" to host debates, but as far as I know, nothing has been confirmed yet. The campaign says they "will work cooperatively to find appropriate venues and hosts across the state."

Here is a list of the debate topics Long would like to see covered:

Debate No. 1: New Yorkers’ Economic Security and the Federal Debt

Debate No. 2: Government Role in Health Care, the Mortgage Industry, Student Loans, Consumer Credit, and Financial Service Industry

Debate No. 3: Getting New Yorkers’ Money’s Worth From the Federal Government

Debate No. 4: Federal Economic Policy Effects on Women and Children

Debate No. 5: Foreign Policy and National Security for New Yorkers and all Americans

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