Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long is pushing for five debates across the state with incumbent Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
In a statement today, Long said her race against Gillibrand is historic because it’s the first general election for U.S. Senate in New York between two women. Hillary Clinton was the first woman to hold the post; Gillibrand succeeded her.
“Never have there been two candidates, who by all outward appearances have so much in common, yet who offer such a contrast of the two paths between which voters must choose,” Long said in a statement. “At this critical time for our state and our nation, the choice is between out-of-control big government that has failed the people versus smaller, responsible, constitutional government that gives power back to the people.”
Updated: Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin said the senator has already agreed to one debate, but didn’t provide details. And it’s also worth noting that Long during the GOP primary only did one debate.
“Senator Gillibrand has already accepted a statewide televised debate in the fall and will continue to travel aggressively throughout the state to hear directly from New Yorkers,” Caplin said in a statement.
The five debates would each have a theme, Long proposed:
— Debate #1: New Yorkers’ Economic Security and the Federal Debt
— Debate #2: Government Role in Health Care, the Mortgage Industry, Student Loans, Consumer Credit, and Financial Service Industry
— Debate #3: Getting New Yorkers’ Money’s Worth From the Federal Government
— Debate #4: Federal Economic Policy Effects on Women and Children
— Debate #5: Foreign Policy and National Security for New Yorkers and all Americans
Long, a Manhattan lawyer who won a three-way GOP primary last month, said debate offers have already come in from “respected media outlets. The Long campaign will work cooperatively to find appropriate venues and hosts across the state.”
Long added, “The election of 2012 presents a monumental choice about what path our country and our state will take. The citizens of New York need to hear and understand their choices in November. As public servants, we owe that to them.”
No word yet on whether Gillibrand, who was first appointed to the seat in 2009 and since won two elections, will agree to debates and to how many.