A live debate in NY-23 between the GOP and the Tea Party

Mark Barie, head of UNYTEA, has announced that Doug Hoffman and Matt Doheny will debate live in Plattsburgh on September 1st.

“We are very pleased that both Mr. Doheny and Mr. Hoffman trust UNYTEA to host a forum which is fair and equitable to both candidates”, said Barie, adding “The debate is part of our on-going effort to keep the voters informed about their choices in the upcoming election.”

UNYTEA has endorsed Hoffman in the race for Congress.

According to Barie’s release, questions will be posed to the candidates by three members of the media, who will be named next week.

Once again this year, the NY-23 race has boiled down to a classic face-off between the district’s Republican Party leaders — who have all endorsed Doheny — and the tea party-conservative movement, which has embraced Hoffman.

The wrinkle is that the GOP’s pick this time is far more conservative than their candidate last year, Dede Scozzafava.

It will be interesting to see how (and how well) the two men are able to distinguish their ideas.

The winner of this September’s primary will face off against Democratic incumbent Bill Owens, who is unchallenged in his party’s primary.


9 Comments on “A live debate in NY-23 between the GOP and the Tea Party”

  1. JDM says:

    I’m betting Hoffman takes the primary and the election.

  2. If Clapton is God, Warren Haynes is Jesus says:

    Who chooses the members of the media who will participate in this debate? Anyone know? I ask because debates are only as good as the people asking the questions. Lastly, will this be the only debate between the Republican nominees?

  3. BillW says:

    My money is on a big primary win by Hoffman. He has the name ID in this district, especially with Republican primary voters.

  4. If Clapton is God, Warren Haynes is Jesus says:

    The predictions of a Hoffman win may be correct. But I’m still amazed that anyone would vote for him given he has yet, as far as I know at least, mentioned one specific thing he’d push for, suggest, support, etc. I mean, really, what has he specifically advocated beyond the bland talking points? If I missed it, pleased post his specifics.

    I hope whoever mediates this debate asks for specific answers to thoughtful questions and doesn’t accept generalities. You know, the same old, “what is your stance on abortion?” “Do you support same sex marriage?” We deserve answers well beyond these same tired, open ended questions. Thus far I’ve heard nothing unique from either of these candidates.

  5. PNElba says:

    Why vote for Hoffman? Because Sarah Palin will tell her supporters to vote for Hoffman. Why does he need to mention any specifics or a platform of any sort?

  6. Bret4207 says:

    PNElba is right. We don’t think at all. We just blindly follow our leader despite the lack of specifics. You see, it’s all about HOPE AND CHANGE.

  7. PNElba says:

    I’m glad you agree Bret. If only conservatives would tell us what they would do if they held the majority – besides cut taxes for the wealthy.

  8. If Clapton is God, Warren Haynes is Jesus says:

    Yeah, tell us what you’ll do if elected, Mr. Hoffman….

  9. cement says:

    sorry JDM. Hoffman has been completely outworked in this campaign.

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