Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer defended Washington’s record as the top Democrat when he debated his Republican opponent Joe Pinion on Sunday night.
“During the past two years under my leadership, the Senate has had its most productive sessions in decades.
But while Mr. Schumer has long pointed out that his leadership role has been beneficial to New York, Mr. Pinion has slammed the longtime congressman’s résumé as inadequate for New Yorkers.
“He’s a failed senator,” Pinion said. “He has betrayed the people of this state many times.”
Schumer and Pinion Exclusively Faced Spectrum News 1 When NY1 The debate is the only forum expected in this year’s seat race, as the economy remains voters’ top concern.
“COVID did not cause inflation,” Pinion said. “The response to COVID-19 has caused inflation. $6 trillion worth of money has been printed to combat viruses of foreign origin, and we have yet to hold them accountable.”
A former anchor of the conservative cable channel Newsmax, Pinion is stirring up political turmoil and trying to become the first black man to represent New York in the US Senate. Schumer, who has held the seat since 1999, has focused primarily on his own accomplishments and pointed to the power he wielded in Washington.
That includes a flurry of legislative action in Congress this summer, covering everything from high-tech manufacturing to climate change to health care.
“From next year to this year, $2,000 is the most a person can pay for prescription drugs,” Schumer said. “It’s a real cap and will keep inflation down.”
The debate also comes against the backdrop of an intensifying political season. Both candidates denounced violent rhetoric in politics following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attack on her husband at his San Francisco home.
Pinion, however, accused Schumer of needing to lower his own rhetoric, noting that senators had warned conservative Supreme Court justices.
“Donald Trump is not running for Senate in New York,” Pinion said.
“The words I used that day were probably the wrong choice of words,” Schumer said.
And the Supreme Court finally overturned Roe v. Wade this summer. Pinion doesn’t believe abortion should be banned nationwide, as some Republicans have suggested.
“The Supreme Court said it’s a state matter, so it doesn’t support a nationwide ban,” Pinion said. I don’t think we should hold back.”
Schumer, on the other hand, said a return to abortion rights under Law was needed.
“I uphold the law and all the protections written in it, and that was the law before the Supreme Court’s ruling,” he said.
Schumer faces the prospect of losing the Democratic majority in the tightly divided US Senate this year, and with it, the majority leadership position.
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