Jobs, School Lunches Top Congressional Debate

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Thursday night's Congressional debate was a town hall, a chance to meet the candidates.

Audience members could ask any question they wanted and the topics ranged widely.

The biggest topic, though, was jobs.

Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat,  talked about bringing more Canadian business to the states and investing in infrastructure to create jobs.

"I don't think any of the other candidates had any specific activities they would undertake to bring jobs," Owens said after the event.

"I was very specific tonight," Republican challenger Matt Doheny said.

"We talked at length about not only the role I'll play, the importance of infrastructure and the national policies, whether it be from the regulatory side - the new mandates like Obamacare that need to be changed and overturned - or taxes."

Green Party candidate Donald Hassig said the U.S. should remove itself from the World Trade Organization. 

Topics ranged from jobs to school lunches.

Stricter school lunch regulations have become part of Doheny's campaign.

Owens voted for the legislation to help provide low-income kids with healthy food. But now, he says, it's not going as planned.

"The idea was to accomplish that goal," Owens said.

"I think the regulation doesn't do it, which is why I said I would be calling for the secretary to pull it back and revise."

"My opponent voted for this program," Doheny said. "He is a vote in favor of this program that people all over the north country are saying doesn't work."

The final Congressional debate is in Watertown on October 25.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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