Democratic Congressional candidate Dana Balter received a rousing standing ovation from an overflow crowd of supporters at the end of her town hall forum at the Seymour Public Library in Auburn on Wednesday evening.
She spent over an hour fielding questions on topics ranging from the Mueller investigation and the Senate confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to term limits in Congress and recycling plastic water bottles to protect the environment.
Health care was the topic of several questions. Balter favors universal Medicare coverage and admitted the Medicare tax would have to be raised to pay for coverage for all.
Balter said incumbent Congressman John Katko has agreed to hold debates, but they’re miles apart on the structure. Katko wants four televised debates in the last week of the campaign. Balter’s camp pushed for ten debates spread in all four counties in the 24th District over the last two months before election day.
While Balter delivered her message to an enthusiastic crowd, a recent Spectrum News/Siena College poll of likely voters shows she is facing an uphill battle. Katko has a 15 point edge overall, with a 35 point edge (65% – 30%) across Cayuga, Oswego and Wayne counties.
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