New York, New York – US Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today announced that ABC 7 Eyewitness News has stepped up to host a televised US Senate debate as part of their weekly Sunday morning news show "Up Close with Bill Ritter." Host Bill Ritter reached out to both campaigns to see if they would agree to appear on the taped program. This occurred after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand canceled the only scheduled debate she would agree to with Spectrum News a mere 48 hours before the debate was to take place. The debate will air on Sunday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m.
“I appreciate ABC 7 Eyewitness News putting together this last-minute televised debate after Senator Gillibrand’s 11th hour stunt to get out of the debate she arranged,” said Farley. “It is important for voters to hear from both candidates side-by-side so that they can make an informed decision about who has the commitment to Put New York First and the ability to negotiate a better deal for New York families.”
“After facing harsh political backlash for pulling out of the Spectrum News debate, Senator Gillibrand has correctly reversed course and agreed to join me in a face-to-face discussion of the issues,” said Farley. “This is the sixth debate proposal that I have accepted. Senator Gillibrand accepted only one, then backed out before being forced into taking a break from the 2020 Presidential campaign trail to return to New York as she runs for re-election.”
Said Farley: “It is unfortunate that there will only be one debate and no debate before a statewide television audience. I encourage all voters to tune into 'Up Close' when it airs on Sunday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. or go to the Eyewitness News website and watch it before they decide to vote this Election Day."