New York’s gubernatorial race has been heating up for less than two months. Kathy Hochul finally accepted one debate. However, her Republican opponent, Rep. Lee Zeldin is demanding more.
The Democrat governor has agreed to participate in just one debate with Zeldin.
On Thursday, Hochul announced she plans to participate in a single debate on October 25, two weeks before election day, and only days before early voting on October 29, WRGB acknowledged.
Spectrum News NY1 will be hosting the Pace University debate.
“Gov. Hochul looks forward to highlighting the clear contrast between her strong record of delivering results and Lee Zeldin’s extreme agenda,”Jerrel Harvey was her campaign spokesperson.
Hochul says this will her third debate of the year. She was able to participate in two other debates during the Democrat primary. This will be her first, and it appears that she will only be talking with Zeldin.
The Republican, who has repeatedly called for the Empire State’s Democrat incumbent governor to debate him, has taken to social media to hit Hochul and demand more debates.
the Long Island congressman said in a statement:
Kathy Hochul’s contempt for New Yorkers is so unacceptable that she is trying to laughably get away only with one General Election debate a month following the start of absentee voting. It is time for a live, broadcast debate.
🚨RECENT DEBATE UPDATE @KathyHochulNow she is trying to shamelessly hold just 1 debate at October’s end, more than a month after ballots are distributed. Hochul’s indifference to this process is enough to remove her from office. There should be multiple deliberations starting right now. pic.twitter.com/ZmiZpVLFSu
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) September 21, 2022
In the same press release, his campaign stated that the congressman has already accepted requests from CBS2 and PIX11 and will “move forward”The other debates will be held with or without an incumbent governor.
“Even in the Democratic Party primary. Hochul had multiple debates! She owes it to the voters as part of this process to have multiple debates throughout the state about the issues most important to them,”Zeldin also agreed.
Zeldin spokeswoman Katie Vincentz even shot back at Spectrum News’s political director, claiming the debate would be accessible statewide.
“Spectrum/NY1 doesn’t air in Nassau & Suffolk Counties, and it also doesn’t air in homes with DirectTV, Dish, Verizon, etc. Hochul’s strategy for 1 end of October debate won’t be available on TV screens for millions of NYers,” Vincentz wrote.
Spectrum/NY1 doesn’t air in Nassau & Suffolk Counties, and it also doesn’t air in homes with DirectTV, Dish, Verizon, etc. Hochul’s strategy for 1 end of October debate won’t be available on TV screens for millions of NYers. It must be several debates. https://t.co/7i5sg1aQBL
— Katie Vincentz (@katievincentz) September 21, 2022
“There must be multiple debates,” Vincentz added.
The news of the debates comes as the latest poll from co/efficient showed Zeldin only six points away from the Democrat.
39 percent indicated they would vote in the election of an incumbent governor. 43 percent stated they would vote Zeldin. Eight percent of respondents said that they weren’t sure.
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