Senator Charles Schumer and Republican opponent Jay Townsend took part in their first and only debate of the campaign season Sunday, with each taking jabs at one another on several hot button issues including the stimulus bill and financial regulation of Wall Street.
The live, hour-long debate sponsored by NY1 and its YNN sister stations upstate was held at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.
During the head-to-head matchup, Townsend repeatedly ripped into the Democratic incumbent, saying Schumer’s two terms in office have been a disaster for New York.
He continually pointed to last year’s health care reform bill saying it will bankrupt the country.
Schumer, meanwhile, highlighted his work aiding small businesses and protecting middle class consumers.