All three 24th Congressional District candidates participate in debate
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- All three candidates shared the stage Wednesday night for the first time in the 24th Congressional District race
Incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle, Democrat challenger Dan Maffei and the Green Party's Ursula Rozum faced off on several critical issues. The candidates talked about the economy, health care and Medicaid.
One of the tensest moments of the debate discussed Ann Marie Buerkle's stance on rape, the topic of a recent attack ad.
"You shouldn't parse rape for any reason. Not to deny some rape victims benefits and other rape victims not. I felt it was my responsibility to make sure Ann Marie Buerkle's record is seen," Maffei said.
Buerkle said, "The U.S. code has used the forcible rape language for a long time. Gillibrand, Clinton, Schumer, they have all voted for that same language. When we saw it, we found it unacceptable. Rape is rape with my background and the initiatives I have taken all my life being a pro bono attorney for Vera House."
"As a woman, I think it’s important to realize that lots of issues affect women and it’s not just reproductive rights that affect women. I want to hear us talk about climate change," Rozum said.
This coming Monday, YNN will be carrying a debate for the 24th Congressional race, in conjunction with the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Dan Maffei has elected not to take part in that debate, citing concerns about the format. However, a podium will be set up for him should he change his mind. You can watch it live on Monday, October 29th at 7 p.m.