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Long and Schumer debate

Nov 01, 2016 12:02 am

Kyle Hughes is reporting for NYSNYS Democrat incumbent Charles Schumer and his GOP challenger Wendy Long held their only scheduled debate in the U.S. Senate race at Union College in Schenectady, on Sun., Oct. 30. Much of the event focused on the presidential campaign and Schumer's ties to Wall Street. Schumer said he was “appalled” that the FBI reopened an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails so close to the general election. Long said Schumer has gotten millions in campaign money from “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street firms such as Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. Schumer said he opposed the financial industry when its actions hurt the middle class, and pointed out the financial sector supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in New York. Schumer called GOP nominee Donald Trump “appalling" and unfit to be president. Long countered that Trump's vulgar comments were no worse than the jokes told by the senator's distant cousin, Amy Schumer. The two also clashed over the the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. In that case, the court found that freedom of speech prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations. The debate was aired live at the same time as the fifth game of the World Series and was viewable only by Time Warner Cable TV paid subscribers in parts of upstate New York and New York City. In the most recent Federal Elections Commissions filings, Long reported a little more than $143,000 on hand, and debts totaling $322,000. In July, Schumer reported having raised $27.5 million. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

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