POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The candidates for the newly-drawn 18th Congressional District face-off in a YNN-sponsored debate at Marist College.
The district includes Orange and Putnam counties, as well as parts of Dutchess and Westchester counties. Democrats outnumber Republicans by only a few thousand voters.
Hayworth attempted to fend off her Democratic challenger, Sean Patrick Maloney, during the debate this afternoon. The two sparred over Medicare funding and the budget, among other topics.
Maloney is an attorney who advised former President Clinton. He ran for State Attorney General in 2006. Hayworth is an eye doctor who was first elected to Congress two years ago, with Tea Party support. However, she does not call herself a member of the Party.
Hayworth says Maloney isn't familiar with the area he wants to represent, while Maloney says his opponent is out of touch with reality.
"The number one priority was to end the guaranteed benefit of Medicare, to give huge tax cuts to multi-millionaires, like her own family, to kill Planned Parenthood, to take away all over its federal funding," said Maloney.
Hayworth said, "My opponent claims to have lived in the Hudson Valley, claims to have been one of us, but in fact, I have very deep roots here in the Hudson Valley. For 24 years, I have lived here, I have worked here, I have cared for patients here."
The debate was moderated by Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin and Nick Reisman.
Capital Tonight will air the debate in its entirety at 7 p.m. YNN.com will also stream the debate starting at 7 p.m.