Gov. Hochul responds to Rep. Zeldin’s request for debate

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The Republican candidate for governor, Congressman Lee Zeldin, said that Gov. Kathy Hochul won’t debate him. Hochul said she looks forward to debating Zeldin.

Zeldin said Hochul has not accepted a single debate request. The congressman, who is running on the Republican and conservative party lines, has challenged Hochul to join him for five televised debates.

Here is the response from the Hochul campaign following Zeldin’s claims:

“As she has in every election throughout her career, Governor Hochul looks forward to debating Congressman Zeldin this fall. New Yorkers need to hear about Lee Zeldin’s allegiance to the MAGA agenda and far-right record on guns and abortion rights and Governor Hochul will deliver that message to voters ahead of November.”

In a statewide survey released on Wednesday, 55% of respondents said they favored Hochul over Zeldin in the governor’s race.