Schreibman responded that a District of Columbia bill that Gibson supported “has no exception for cases of rape and incest.”
“This question … is not about abortion at all,” he said. “That’s not what Planned Parenthood spends its federal money.”
He added that the use of federal money for abortions has been illegal for 30 years.
The two also clashed over Medicare, with Schreibman criticizing Gibson’s 2011 vote for a budget that would have turned the entitlement program into a voucher system and Gibson replying that something has to be done to stave off future funding problems.
The two returned several times to the county’s economic problems, with Gibson stating that Cooper-LaTourette would cut some programs and lower tax rates while increasing revenues through growth.
“The one candidate here who supports tax increases is sitting to my right,” Gibson said of Schreibman’s insistence that tax rates not be reduced for the wealthy.
“The one candidate who voted for tax increases is sitting to my left,” Schreibman shot back.
The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Oneonta Area, with Laurel Elder as the moderator. Sam Pollak, editor of The Daily Star; Ted Muehl, news director of Townsquare Media; and Jim Kevlin of the Daily Freeman were the media questioners.Debate rebroadcasts The debates hosted by the Oneonta Area League of Women Voters are scheduled to be rebroadcast on public access Channel 23, and to be made available on the league's website, www.lwvoneonta.org. The Oct. 17 debate between state Assembly candidates Bill Magee and Levi Spires, and state Senate candidates James Seward and Howard Leib, is available on the website now. It will be rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Oct. 31; 9 p.m. Nov. 1; 1 p.m. Nov. 2; and 1 p.m. Nov. 4. Wednesday's debate, between congressional candidates Chris Gibson and Julian Schreibman, will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Tuesday; 9 p.m. Nov. 1; and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4.