Zeldin, Hochul face off at lone debate
Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Michael Gold report in the New York Times that Republican Lee Zeldin talked about crime and the economy, and Democrat Kathy Hochul focused on abortion and Zeldin's ties to Donald Trump in their only debate before voters decide who will be New York's governor. Zeldin, a Long Island representative who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results without evidence of voter fraud, "frequently rais[ed] his voice as he channeled a sense of outrage," according to the newspaper. Zeldin wanted to talk about any crimes he could except overturning a legal election, saying New York was “less safe thanks to Kathy Hochul and extreme policies.” During a question on abortion, Zeldin changed the topic to crime. But abortion is what Hochul preferred to discuss. “You’re the only person standing on this stage whose name right now — not years past — that right now, is on a bill called ‘Life Begins at Conception,’” Hochul said. Zeldin claimed that he would not seek to change the state’s already-strict abortion protections, but he has a history in Congress of voting against abortion access. Zeldin also doubled-down on his views of election fraud that were proven untrue in over 60 court cases. “The vote was on two states: Pennsylvania and Arizona,” Zeldin said of his vote against certifying the election results. “And the issue still remains today.” Actually, the issue is long settled, as no serious proof of election fraud has ever been discovered. Read the full story in the New York Times.