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WDKX.com » Blog » Louise Slaughter and Maggie Brooks Debate
Oct 18th 2012 8:00 pm
Louise Slaughter and Maggie Brooks Debate
by News

Congress will move from 30-second commercials to prime-time television.

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, R-Webster, will debate for the first time at 8 p.m. Friday. The debate will be televised live on WXXI-TV (Channel 21) and WHAM-TV (Channel 13) and on DemocratandChronicle.com.

Brooks hopes to unseat Slaughter in the new 25th District, which includes most of Monroe County. The debate comes in the midst of a contentious campaign that has attracted millions in advertising dollars. A Voice of the Voter poll released Sunday showed Slaughter 5 percentage points ahead of Brooks.

"We have said from the beginning that this is a campaign between two women who have very different visions for the future of this country," Brooks said. "I think this will become very apparent in a debate setting."

Brooks said her key issue in the debate will be jobs and the economy. "I'm not going to waver from the issues that I've always talked about," she said.

Slaughter said she's looking forward to talking about health care and protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. "It's terribly important; as far as I'm concerned it's a contract we have with our senior citizens," Slaughter said.

In the race, both candidates - aided by deep-pocketed outside interest groups - have spent millions trying to define each other. While Brooks wants to be seen as a champion of bipartisanship and a successful county leader, her opponents paint her as a corrupt county executive who will side with Republicans in Congress. While Slaughter wants to be seen as a fighter who will take on tough issues, her opponents paint her as an entrenched, liberal Washington insider.

Friday's debate is sponsored by the Democrat and Chronicle, WHAM-TV (Channel 13), WXXI Public Broadcasting and WDKX-FM (103.9) as part of the Voice of the Voter collaboration to engage local citizens in the democratic process. The television production of Voice of the Voter forums and debates are supported by The Community Foundation.

Source: The Democrat and Chronicle