ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Ursula Rozum and Ann Marie Buerkle will square off in a debate tonight on YNN. It was recorded Wednesday at the Time Warner Cable studios in East Syracuse and will air tonight on our channel.
The race is between Buerkle, Rozum and Democrat Dan Maffei.
The event was co-sponsored by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, moderated by Institute Director Grant Reeher, and YNN’s Bill Carey.
The conversation focused on three main topics: reducing the federal deficit, re-invigorating the economy, and the U.S. role in world affairs.
Invitations were sent to all three candidates. Buerkle and Rozum accepted. Dan Maffei turned us down, citing concerns over the open discussion format we chose.
At this point, Maffei has participated in one televised debate, and has declined a series of town hall meetings put together by the Buerkle campaign.
"Voters should be real concerned about someone who just won't show up, hasn't shown up in Cayuga County at all, didn't show up this morning. I don't know how you ask for the people's support if you're unwilling to stand before them and tell them where you stand on the issues," said Rep. Buerkle.
"Avoiding disagreements with your opponents isn't the way to inspire confidence in voters. It would make me nervous as to what kind of representative he really would be," said Rozum.
Again, the debate airs tonight at 7 p.m., with a replay at 10 p.m.