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Woolf, Stefanik Spar Over Social Security

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Albany/HV: Woolf, Stefanik Spar Over Social Security
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CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. -- Two of the three candidates vying for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat campaigned in Jefferson County Wednesday.

Republican Elise Stefanik made several stops before attending a GOP gathering in Cape Vincent. The candidate would like to repeal the Affordable Care Act. She has also vouched for tax reform to help small businesses.

While Stefanik was in Cape Vincent, Democrat Aaron Woolf met supporters at a brewery in Sackets Harbor. He would like to improve the Affordable Care Act and pass a long form transportation bill.

A major part of his recent campaign has been discussing his intent to protect Medicare and Social Security. Woolf claims Stefanik wants to privatize Social Security, a move he said would hurt North Country residents.

“I’m running against an opponent who has written the 2012 Republican party platform, which featured ideas about privatizing social security and I think that makes a lot of our seniors anxious and it’s something I draw a strong contrast with," said Woolf.

“Unfortunately, my opponent in this race is just lying about my positions because he has no ideas to run on," said Stefanik. "I've been very clear that I’m running to protect and preserve Social Security and Meidcare for our seniors and I’m also running to protect and preserve and strengthen these programs for future generations like me.”

Both opponents will face Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello in the general election.

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