NY Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Zeldin Demands Multiple Televised Debates With Gov. Hochul

Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin has rejected Gov. Kathy Hochul’s request for just one debate right before the election. Zeldin claimed Hochul’s response was “unacceptable” for New York state voters to understand their opinions on crucial topics. At a recent press conference, Zeldin stated, “I am rejecting that offer and I am suggesting that the governor needs to come back with an offer to do multiple debates across the entire state.” He added, “One debate is unacceptable. I’m calling on Kathy Hochul to come out of hiding.”

According to the New York Post, Hochul agreed to debate Zeldin on Oct. 25, just four days before early voting on Spectrum News NY1. However, Zeldin had already decided to participate in television debates against Hochul on CBS-2 and PIX-11, which Hochul’s campaign declined. Hochul’s campaign representative Jerrel Harvey said, “Governor Hochul looks forward to debating on Oct. 25 and highlighting the clear contrast between her strong record of delivering results and Lee Zeldin’s extreme agenda.” Since taking over for disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Hochul has led Zeldin in the polls.

Like Hochul, other New York Democratic incumbents who are well favored only agree to one debate, if any at all. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has informally agreed to participate in a debate with Republican opponent Joe Pinion that will be co-hosted by Spectrum News NY1 on Oct. 30, just eight days before the election.

Additionally, Democrat incumbent attorney general Letitia James has declined to participate in a debate with Republican challenger for state attorney general Michael Henry. James, who is running for re-election, made headlines recently when she filed a $250 million lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, three of his children, and Trump organization officials.


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