Campaign 2018: N.Y. Congress and governor candidates debate

Published: Oct. 24, 2018 at 12:01 AM EDT
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Tuesday there was a debate for the three congressional candidates for New York's 21st district.

Incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik went up against Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn and Democratic nominee Tedra Cobb. The debate streamed live from Mountain Lake PBS.

Things quickly heated up with Cobb calling out Stefanik on her Congressional record, and Stefanik needling Cobb over votes she made as a county legislator.

"In fact, my Democratic opponent has voted multiple times to raise taxes to her former constituents in St. Lawrence County," said Stefanik.

"I would just like to remind people that Elise Stefanik voted five times to defund Planned Parenthood," said Cobb.


An extremely unfriendly debate in the race for New York governor Tuesday night. It's the only one they're having ahead of the election.

Incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo called his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro President Trump's "Mini-Me."

Molinaro accused Cuomo of being corrupt. They also sparred about corruption within each of their offices and an investigation into Molinaro's assets by members his county Legislature.

"For you to sit there and point fingers. Yes, the people of my administration made a mistake, they went to jail. Your county Legislature is calling for an investigation for kickbacks and perjury, where you gave a contract to a vendor and a family member got a job and they got a contract. That's your own county Legislature asking for a criminal investigation of you," said Cuomo.

"I would absolutely establish a Moreland Commission. I would ask people like Zephyr Teachout and Preet Bharara. I will use that as a tool to force back the people in Albany who think it's OK to defraud people. But sir, your administration found eight, now nine people guilty. You can't possibly expect the state of New York to believe that you had no idea," said Molinaro.

The debate didn't include the libertarian, green party and independent candidates.

NY21 House Debate

Watch the full unedited debate from it's start point with this link:

Posted by Mountain Lake PBS on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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