QUEENSBURY, NY. - A crowd of more than 1,000 people filled the Queensbury High School auditorium for what may be the only 21st District Congressional debate where all three candidates are present.
The 21st Congressional District now includes all of Washington, Warren and Fulton Counties, and the northern half of Saratoga County due to redistricting.
Incumbent and Democrat Bill Owens, Republican candidate Matt Doheny and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig took on the issues ranging from Labor Union Card-Checks, the Farm Bill, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act. Glens Falls lawyer Matt Fuller was the moderator.
When it came to a "card-checks" question; Owens said he is in favor of it, Doheny says he is against it, and Green admitted he didn't know what they were.
Moving on to the social security "problem" Doheny says in order to save funds he believes the age for eligibility to should be raised from 65 to 67.
"Social Security is going to become insolvent within my lifetime," Doheny said. "My biggest fear is doing nothing."
Owens says he does not agree with that solution, but did not offer any. "We need to be very, very careful," he said.
However the biggest outburst of the night came with the mention of the Affordable Care Act or "Obama Care."
"I want to repeal and replace Obama care," Doheny said.
Some booed Owens when he shared his support.
And Hassig says he thinks things will be better if people put the environment and healthcare ahead of making money.
"America's going to have free health care, it's just a matter of time," Hassig said.
Hassig mentioned that he plans to end campaigning shortly, but his name will still be on the November 6th ballot.
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