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Debate Wrap: Meng vs. Halloran

A snapshot of Thursday night's debate in NY-6.

The showdown in Middle Village stayed civil between Assemblywoman Grace Meng and City Councilman Dan Halloran.

The two traded a few barbs but mostly stuck to the issues during an hour-long debate at the Juniper Park Civic Association meeting Thursday night.

Below, we’ve rounded up their responses to questions from the panel and from the audience.

On the Affordable Care Act:

Grace Meng, Democrat: “Is it a perfect system? No. Our small businesses were completely confused, our seniors were in fear, but there are parts of the law that make it a great step in a very important direction.”

Dan Halloran, Republican: “The Affordable Care Act created as many problems as it's going to solve, and it's going to put a lot of small businesses out of business. … This is not the role of the federal government. This is a state level issue and an issue that the states should have been dealing with far more seriously.”

On Immigration Reform:

Grace Meng: “America doesn’t have the money to deport all of [this country’s illegal immigrants.] There are families and people who have come to this country legally, whoever’s here legally should come first.”

Dan Halloran: “I want to see a melting pot, I don’t want to see a mosaic. In a melting pot everyone blends together, in a mosaic they’re their own group not a part of the whole. … There should be no path to citizenship for anyone who comes here illegally, period, the end.”

On reaching across the aisle:

Grace Meng: “During my first race I was elected independently, without the support of the state party and without the support of any unions or elected officials. I’m known as someone who is independent.”

Dan Halloran: “Both sides have been intractable and with the Republicans in control of the house, that’s an important reason to send a Republican to Washington. … The keystone is building up those personal relationships and moving forward with them.”

On helping small businesses grow:

Grace Meng: “We need to do more to make sure our small business owners have more access to capital, that they have the tools to expand.”

Dan Halloran: “We need tax reform. Small businesses pay too many taxes. Across the board, taxation is a critical factor in whether you make the bottom line. … The government has got to get out of the way of small business across the board.”

paul markowski October 20, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Will these candidates pledge to not accept donations from Wall street firms, banks and large corporations in order for them to not have undue influence on their votes while in congress and truly do good for the common man?
Harriet Brown October 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Is there supposed to be a candidate's forum on Tuesday night?
Phil Konigsberg October 21, 2012 at 06:09 AM
There is the Bay Terrace Community Alliance's annual Meet The Candidates Night on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 Street (at the Cross Island Pkwy Service Road) beginning at 7 PM. The forum is open to the public, free and handicapped accessible. Grace Meng and Dan Halloran will not participate in this forum since Bay Terrace will be in the new 3rd Congressional District beginning in 2013.
Flyover October 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I use to support Mr Halloran until I realized that he is going against Libertarian (even American common sense) ideas by wholeheartedly and shamefully becoming a stooge of zionism.

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