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Senate debate: Cross-questioning on war, taxes and records
In Sunday night's debate among Republican Senate candidates, all three essentially agreed that President Barack Obama's latest action on illegal immigration was a political move, and concurred that it was constitutionally dubious, at the least. While stating their positions differently, all support hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.
But they also sought to distinguish themselves in different areas during a round by which they got to ask one other candidate one question.
Bob Turner challenged George Maragos on what he called his stance favoring a “precipitous” withdrawal from Afghanistan. Maragos said the United States achieved its objective of doing away with Osama bin Laden, was not there to build a nation, and that infrastructure work is needed here.
Wendy Long sought to make Turner sound squishy on taxes by challenging him on saying “you were willing to put taxes on the table” in Congressional talks. Turner said Republicans, who do not have the Senate or the White House, cannot simply go into negotiations and say “this is his how it's going to be.” He said there are complex issues involved that have to be dealt with sensibly and practically.
Maragos also directed his question at Turner, demanding he name a “significant accomplishment that has helped create jobs and improve the lives of our New York families.” Turner said he's one of 435 members of Congress and “you have to be on the right side of the right coalitions. He said he supported the Ryan budget, and modifying the transportation bill to suit the needs of the city and state. He named other legislation. “There's a lot going on,” he said. “And I've been pretty busy doing what I think is right for New York.”