Many of the upcoming November elections this year create much friction and competition between the candidates. The New York State Senate race between Hillary Clinton and Rick Lazio has proved to very close and heated. eEach candidate has strong views on issues and puts up a good debate about each one. Hillary Clinton is the Democrat and Rick Lazio is the Republican in this election. This is a very close race and the winner will determine many of New York’s views on future issues.
Hillary Clinton, never having a legislative record, has been the First Lady to the President for 8 years. Clinton has been a resident of New York State for only a few months previous to the time she began running for office. Clinton is challenged by her opponent because radio and television ads seem to turn the public against Clinton. This is an example of Lazio criticizing her because of his negatively directed ads towards Clinton. Because Clinton has never been involved in a legislature before, she has no voting record.
This could prove to be a disadvantage for Clinton because voters cannot see what she has previously supported. Hillary has an advantage in the election because the New York Times endorsed her. Being the most prominent newspaper in New York, this is a sign of success as the last two politicians endorsed by the NYT have won their elections. Another disadvantage that Clinton has is that she is not a born New York citizen. She has been “carpetbagging”, or buying property in a state just so she can run for office in the state. Hillary takes a firm stand on many of the issues facing New York State and the Congress today.
Hillary Clinton’s views on abortion are that she supports the Roe vs. Wade ruling. This act was passed in 1973 when the US Supreme Court legalized abortion. She would vote to ban late-term abortion, unless the mother or child was threatened by the birth. Clinton would reject Supreme Court jurors who are opposed to abortion rights. Hillary also agrees with federal funds spent on abortions at military hospitals. Hillary acknowledges the competition between her and Lazio by retaliating to a comment he made by saying, “My opponent [Lazio] is wrong. I have said many times that I can support a ban on late term abortion including partial-birth abortions, so long as the health and life of the mother is protected”.
Clinton states this at a Senate Debate in Manhattan on October 8, 2000. Another issue that Hillary has brought up is her supporting of the death penalty, involved with capital punishment. Clinton also consents counsel and forensics testing for death row defendants. In addition to these issues, Clinton is opposed to a constitutional amendment banning flag desecration, or the burning of flags. Hillary supports a number of other issues, including smaller classrooms, and more federal funds towards the hiring of new teachers and school construction. Clinton supports the importing of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and the ability to sue HMO’s. Also, Hillary’s tax plan shows an increasing number of tax dollars going towards high-speed Internet access and high tech research. As stated, Hillary has quite a few views on certain issues facing the nation.,
Rick Lazio, Clinton’s Republican opponent, is putting up a good fight for a NYS Senate position. As Lazio states in the Republican Convention on May 30, 2000 in Buffalo, “I begin this race with no illusions. I am the underdog in this race. My opponent is better financed and better known…but as I’ve said before: ‘bring ‘em on’…I have one advantage she will never have…I am a New Yorker”. Lazio opens his campaign here with brutal honesty about his place in the election. Clinton challenges him with her money and power, but he overcomes this by equalizing himself to her by stating his state of residency, New York. Lazio proclaims his advantages by saying, “I have a solid, pro-NY voting record. I have a legislative record to stand on- unlike my opponent”.
Lazio’s former legislative record has not strayed far from the issues he is against and supports in the upcoming election. He steadily remains a Republican through the issues he votes for and against. As far as the issue of abortion goes, Lazio, like Clinton, supports the Roe vs. Wade ruling, and bans all late term abortions. He also would vote to restrict federal funds to abortions. As Lazio remarks in the October 8, 2000 Senate debate, “I had a pro-choice record in the House…I support a ban on partial-birth abortions”. This passage clearly states Rick Lazio’s views on abortion. Capital punishment is an issue that has caused much debate in government.
Lazio’s stance on this issue lies with Clinton’s in that he supports the death penalty. Also, Lazio wishes to make it more challenging for people to appeal state death sentences in federal courts. Lazio is in favor of a constitutional amendment banning flag burning. Lazio is also in favor of giving vouchers to children in failing schools, plans a tax cut to revive the economy, and is for a limit of a twelve-year term in the Senate and the House. Overall, Lazio’s views clash with Clinton’s.
Lazio and Clinton both have strong, in-depth views on each issue they are dealing with. There is not yet an obvious winner in the election, although Clinton is currently ahead by a few points. Each of these politicians will stand to their respective views of these topics in the future. Clinton and Lazio both defend their positions on key issues.