It was another spirited debate as Congressman Bill Owens and Republican challenger Matt Doheny squared off in the race for the 21st Congressional District. Thursday night's YNN debate in Watertown certainly didn't lack in energy. Barry Wygel has a recap.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Both candidates came into Thursday's debate with specific goals. Congressman Owens wanted to highlight his record and his accomplishments in Congress.
"Going back to Congress in January, I think requires a commitment to be bi-partisan. I have worked very hard at that in the House. I vote about 35-percent of the time with Republicans," said Rep. Bill Owens, NY-23.
While Republican-challenger Matt Doheny wanted to draw a clear distinction between himself and the Congressman.
"This is yet another clear choice here for the voters of the 21st. I disagree with my opponent. This district is significantly larger and his model doesn't work," said Matt Doheny, Republican challenger.
The debate covered a vast range of topics, from issues specific to Watertown to national issues such as healthcare. Owens says he is in favor of making some changes to the Affordable Care Act, while Doheny wants a full repeal.
"I will also tell you I have voted several times to repeal portions of the act. So I'm very prepared to move in a direction that makes it a better bill," said Owens.
"It's wrong for America, it's wrong for this district. Now, when my opponent continues to talk about these small fixes, he's removing the basic fact that government is going to control and take over our healthcare," said Doheny.
The debate stayed mostly civil with candidates staying on message, but Doheny couldn't resist to get in a jab where he could.
"It's a new-fangled workout routine, Congressman. You'll have plenty of time in January to work on it," jabbed Doheny.
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