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November 1, 2012

Gibson, Schreibman battle to the finish


“I’m just disappointed in how nasty and deceptive my opponent has been,” said Gibson, a decorated and retired U.S. Army veteran of the Gulf War who grew up in Columbia County and was educated at Cornell University.

At the same time, he added: “We think we’re in position to bring home a very strong victory.”

Gibson also said the fact he is the only congressional Republican in New York supported by the state’s largest teacher union — New York State United Teachers — contradicts Schreibman’s claim that he marches in lockstep with the ultra-conservative Tea Party.

Schreibman’s commercials have claimed that Gibson’s voting record suggests he would deny abortions to women who have been raped or are the victims of incest. Gibson said that is among the claims put forth by Schreibman that are false.

“I believe abortion is a private choice between a woman and her doctor,” Gibson said.

The bill in question that was supported by Gibson — limited to the District of Columbia — would prohibit abortion after a pregnancy of 20 weeks with exceptions aimed at protecting the physical though not the mental health of the mother.

Schreibman explained that he made that claim because Gibson voted for a bill restricting abortions that did not include an exception for rape or incest. His criticism suggests that a woman who had been raped or was the victim of incest would not have brought those facts to the forefront prior to the 20 weeks or pregnancy.

Schreibman, in a telephone interview, argued that Gibson has been erratic in his positions, and has abandoned his earlier support for building a nuclear power plant in the Hudson Valley and dismantling the federal Department of Education after it dawned on him those positions would alienate voters.

“I’ve never wavered in my support for women’s health care and women’s rights,” Schreibman said, in arguing that Gibson has tried to mislead voters regarding his voting record on abortion.

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