Broad Range Of Topics In Congressional Debate

Broad Range Of Topics In Congressional Debate

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Health care, military spending and gun control were some of the topics debated Monday by candidates for New York's 21st congressional district.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and challengers Democrat Tedra Cobb and Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn met for a debate that aired on Spectrum News.

(The candidates will debate in the 7 News studio Tuesday. That debate will air at 7 p.m. on WWNY-TV.)

The issue of gun control was front and center for the candidates, once again a fresh topic after 11 people died during a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says on the issue of gun violence more needs to be done with mental health. She also criticized Cobb when it came to banning assault rifles..

"I think it's very important Ms. Cobb to answer the question of whether she supports an assault weapons ban, which we know she does support, which tens of thousands of voters in my district do not support," Stefanik said.

"What I want is universal background checks," Cobb said. "What I want is domestic violence laws expanded, what I want is education for our schools."

Kahn says stopping gun violence starts with conversation.

"Talking about gun safety, talking about mental health issues, talking about ways to support our law enforcement are all part of these solutions," Kahn said.

A few other topics talked about were:

- Lack of north country internet coverage.

"We need broadband and we need and we need cell coverage," Cobb said, "and we're still getting farther and father behind."

- Military spending.

"We need to make sure that we are on the cutting edge of what our national security challenges will be in the future," Stefanik said.

- Attracting new business.

"Manufacturing hydrogen fuel to transition to fossils fuels for a renewable future," Kahn said.

Throughout the debate Stefanik and Cobb each took jabs at each other over truth and taxes.

"My opponent on the Democratic side has raised taxes multiple times and we're seeing population loss in St. Lawrence County as a result of that," Stefanik said. "She supports the broken policies of Governor Andrew Cuomo."

"We were asked to make a commitment by the (Glens Falls) Post-Star to stick with the truth," Cobb said, "and Elise Stefanik has not done that."

One of Kahn's major talking points was a lack of civility between Republicans and Democrats.

"Results matter," she said. "Both of these candidates are going after each other and forgetting to include the people of the north country."

When asked whether President Donald Trump was a good president, Stefanik said "yes" and both Cobb and Kahn said "no."

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