Poll shows Gibson lead narrowing over Schreibman
Posted at: 10/30/2012 4:42 PM
| Updated at: 10/31/2012 1:44 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
LOUDONVILLE - Both candidates were working the southern part of the newly designed district, checking storm related matters in Ulster and Dutchess counties.
"Look, I think it's because I'm the only candidate in the race that has a proven track record of tackling the major issues of our time," Representative Chris Gibson (R - Kinderhook) said. "How to grow this economy and how to move back to a balanced budget over time."
Challenger Julian Schreibman ( D - Kingston) was appearing in his home town. "Clearly our message of being a voice for the middle class, focusing on economic issues and not de-funding Planned Parenthood or ending Medicare, this is what folks want in a representative."
As is common in a close contest, the candidates or their supporters are running aggressive negative ads about the opponent.
And of course each man disputes the portrayal the other side is using trying to court votes.
"The National Republican Committee has had to take an ad down because it was so full of false statements and that doesn't happen every day," Schreibman said. "They actually had to take an ad off the air so to me the idea that we're somehow more negative is just absolutely wrong. We're talking about the issues that matter to folks and we're talking about the truth."
Gibson disagrees. "The latest ad, saying that I would deny women abortions in the case of rape or incest, this is flatly untrue. I'm not even for overturning Row v Wade. Abortion is a private choice between a woman and her doctor. So yeah, there's been some eroding of support for me because of these false ads."
The same Siena poll found President Obama leading Governor Romney by eight percentage points.