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Tonko has no problem with GOP challenge

Dieterich lags well behind incumbent 
in 20th Congressional District

Paul Tonko spent a portion of Election Day visiting fifth-grade students Pinewood Intermediate School and talked about the importance of voting and encouraged students to make smart choices.

Paul Tonko spent a portion of Election Day visiting fifth-grade students Pinewood Intermediate School and talked about the importance of voting and encouraged students to make smart choices. Submitted photo

— Tonko said he would continue efforts to create jobs throughout the region and strengthening the economy.

“I think a thriving middle class translates to a thriving America and it is important for us to recognize that,” Tonko said. “I think our best days lay ahead.”

During a candidate forum, Tonko stressed the economy must be improved from the “middle out” and not from the “top down.” He claimed Dieterich supported economic policies that led to the recession. Tonko said investments in research, empowering small businesses and strengthening the middle class is important to the country’s economic recovery.

Dieterich said simply charging the wealthy more is not a solution to the nation’s debt problem and spending cuts should be made before reforming the tax code. He also said Medicare is not viable in the long term and the program should be reformed before it goes bankrupt in about a decade.

Both candidates did agree on the need for campaign finance reform.

Dieterich spent Election Day making various stops throughout the Capital District to continue rallying support, while Tonko during the afternoon talked to fifth-grade students at Pinewood Intermediate School about the importance of voting.

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