Rivals in the Republican primary for governor tore down pandemic health precautions like piatas in the race’s second TV debate on Monday, declaring opposition to mandatory masking and vaccinations in furious bursts.
Andrew Giuliani, wearing a tie with stars and stripes as he remotely joined the NY1 debate over his declared opposition to vaccination, went on to compare vaccination for children to “child abuse”.
In an off-the-rails opening segment for the debate focused on the pandemic, the young Giuliani claimed, “We really need to have a lot more data than this point before we can recommend it.”
“I am not a biologist nor am I an epidemiologist,” he admitted, before declaring: “I do not support children receiving this COVID vaccine.”
Other candidates were less enthusiastic at bashing the federal government’s authorization of a vaccine for children under six months old, but they were equally animated in their attacks on the COVID mandate.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Long Island attorney who has led opinion polls of the race, said the current Democrat, Gov. Hochul, believes New Yorkers “want to be governed by a monarch governor.”
Hochul established a controversial statewide mask mandate for indoor businesses during the worst Omicron COVID wave and maintained a mask mandate for schools until March.
“They want this forever pandemic mentality,” Zeldin said of the Democrats. “There is an important responsibility on the part of the government here to respect an individual’s ability to make personal decisions for themselves.”
“We shouldn’t have forced kids to be masked at school,” he insisted, adding that Hochul called New Yorkers “to be his inspiration”, and that New Yorkers “don’t care about the lifestyle”. Doctor. Anthony Fauci.
Rob Astorino, the party’s 2014 candidate for governor and lifelong executive for Westchester County, said New York is “no longer in a pandemic” as he urged the state to “stop acting like us”.
The World Health Organization still characterizes the health crisis as a pandemic.
Astorino described COVID vaccines for children as a parent’s choice and said he opposed the vaccine mandate. The relatively moderate millionaire businessman Harry Wilson agreed.
The COVID conversation revolves around a theoretical vaccine mandate for children floated by moderators, which even Democrats don’t seem to support.
This triggered a policy-heavy and often barb-lite debate with early voting ahead of Primary Day the following week.
The candidates burned tough positions on public safety, usurped New York’s 2019 bail reform law and abolished the state’s cashless bail system.
Describing New York as a state in crisis, he also mentioned various plans to cut taxes in the state. And they ripped off Hochul’s leadership from different directions.
Nevertheless, the debate took on a sharper tone during the so-called cross-examination rounds, in which candidates were allowed to answer each other’s questions.
“I know you feel entitled to be governor of New York — it’s your birthright,” Zeldin said sarcastically as Giuliani told him about his positions on former President Donald Trump.
Both candidates have praised Trump.
Wilson accused Zeldin of having “failed to lead” during his time in the House of Representatives. Zeldin accused Wilson of packing his campaign ads with lies.
During the first argument that took place a week ago, the two clashed with each other.
The winner of the race is expected to serve as the underdog in the general election to the governor; Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than two to one in the state.
The campaign sees Zeldin as the favourite, but the primary outcome appears relatively uncertain. Voting in the race for the election has been limited.