Zeldin rejects Hochul’s offer for just one debate before the government election

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin on Thursday dismissed Gov. Kathy Hochul’s request for only one debate before the election as “unacceptable.”

“I decline that offer and suggest that the governor must come back with an offer to hold multiple debates across the state,” Zeldin said during a news conference.

“A debate is unacceptable. I’m telling Kathy Hochul to come out of hiding.”

After weeks of facing criticism from Scaredy Kat, Hochul finally agreed on Wednesday to face Zeldin in a debate co-sponsored by Pace University and Spectrum News NY1 on cable TV on Oct. 25 — just four days before early voting begins on October 25.

Zeldin has previously accepted offers from CBS-2 and PIX-11 to debate Hochul on TV.

The debate is co-sponsored by cable television's Pace University and Spectrum News NY1.
Hochul finally agreed on Wednesday to face Zeldin on October 25th.
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But Hochul’s campaign has not accepted those offers, saying Thursday the governor is committed to a single, hour-long debate on NY1.

Hochul has been ahead of Zeldin in the polls since replacing the disgraced ex-Prime Minister. Andrew Cuomo after resigning in August 2021 amid a litany of scandals, including alleged sexual misconduct, which he has denied.

“Governor Hochul looks forward to the October 25 debate, highlighting the stark contrast between her strong track record and Lee Zeldin’s extreme agenda,” campaign spokesman Jerrel Harvey said.

Other heavily favored Democratic incumbents are following the same path as Hochul, only agreeing to debate if at all.
The debate comes just four days before early voting begins on October 29.
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Other heavily favored Democratic incumbents are following the same path as Hochul, only agreeing to debate if at all.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has tentatively agreed to a televised debate with GOP opponent Joe Pinion on Oct. 30 — eight days before Election Day — co-hosted by Spectrum News/NY1, sources said. Schumer, who was first elected to the Senate in 1998, is running for a fifth term.

“The debate is scheduled. We’re working on the details,” Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro said.

Pinion, who confirmed the preliminary duel on October 30, said: “A debate eight days before the election is a slap in the voters’ face.”

"Debate is unacceptable. I tell Kathy Hochul to come out of hiding" Said Zeldin.
Lee Zeldin turned down Kathy Hochul’s promise for a single pre-election debate.
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A source close to NY1 said “nothing has been confirmed” regarding the Senate debate.

Meanwhile, Republican nominee for attorney general Michael Henry slapped incumbent Democrat AG Letitia James for refusing to agree to a debate. James, who is seeking a second term, made waves on Wednesday by filing a $250 million lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, his children Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump Organization, in which he claims is “staggering” fraud in the family’s real estate business.

Candice Giove, spokeswoman for Henry, said James’ campaign had not responded to requests if they would appear on the debate stage together. “We didn’t get an answer,” she said.

The James campaign had no immediate comment.

Elsewhere, Republican nominee for state controller Paul Rodriguez is in talks with Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli for at least one debate, according to Rodriguez’s spokesman John Burnett.

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