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Republican Senate Primary: Meet the Candidates (Schumer Seat)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gary Berntsen and Jay Townsend, U.S. Senate candidates looking to oppose Senator Schumer in the general election, discuss the campaign for the Republican nomination.

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Gary Berntsen and Jay Townsend
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Comments [37]

Rosinante from New Jersey

In the area of tasteless political commercials, check out the "Strong Jersey" commercial accusing Pallone (NJ-District 6 race) of refusing to move legislation on pediatric brain injury promoted by a Patrick Donahue & his organization.

Oct. 25 2010 11:42 AM
antoroc from opposite side of Hudson

Not one comment addressed the issues that concern New Yorkers and Americans... this is typical reaction from the liberals and leftists... demonize the opposition view and never debate issues...

Every comment was wantonly meanspirited and sophmoric... now who is actually filled with viceral hate for opposition views... pathetic display of people who consider themselves educated...

Aug. 31 2010 01:34 PM

Jay Townsend is a bit calmer, but just as kooky. Maybe that makes his more dangerous.

Aug. 27 2010 01:40 AM

Gary Berntsen is just another shrill right wing nut. Please. Why are you polluitng the air waves with Hitler's spiritual heirs?

Aug. 27 2010 01:39 AM
Joe

His comments on building a double wall along the U.S. Mexican border makes me double up with laughter!

Good "tough guy" political talk but totally out of the relm of possibility.

The cost and logistics of building and supporting such a wall alone would be incredible.

Physical walls are old thinking anyway. Technology would allow you to do the same thing.

But, I guess a physical wall is better for votes!

Aug. 26 2010 01:45 PM

and what about the formally called FREEDOM TOWER

Aug. 26 2010 12:07 PM

LEAH: RIGHT ON!!! I totally agree. Makes you regret the right to free speech, especially when those who do do not THINK about their stance. Again, it ties back into the earlier point brought up during the tech segment: those on the right create sound bites and use emotion to sway people to their message. They use fear a lot more on the right and anger and outrage to motivate people just enough to get them out in the streets. The fear we have on the left is that the anger and fear on the right works its way into daily life and daily interactions among our citizens.

Aug. 26 2010 11:54 AM
Ron

@ Jerry

He also owns a stake in other publicly traded companies. It doesn't bother me, but I see your point in regarding the narrative.

Aug. 26 2010 11:51 AM

did i miss something? what does a federal senator have to do with property tax?

Aug. 26 2010 11:49 AM
EM from Harlem

The more I hear these republicans the more that I motivated to being involved in helping the democrats win in November. These people are just nutty.

Aug. 26 2010 11:46 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC

@ Jerry,

It does by their own logic but the MCM is too cowardly and irresponsible to make an issue of that bit of hypocrisy. Only Jon Stewart will talk about it :)

Aug. 26 2010 11:46 AM
Tim

If we get 80 cents for every dollar we pay in taxes, why is that necessarily a bad idea? Isn't point of paying federal taxes is that the money is distributed nationally? So that areas that are less prosperous benefit from the national distribution.

Aug. 26 2010 11:45 AM

i think schumer is going to win. so lets not worry about who is the conservative or tea parties guy.

Aug. 26 2010 11:43 AM
Jerry

How do the candidates feel about Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal who now owns a 7 percent stake in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp? This is a guy whose 9-11 donation was rejected by Rudy Guilliani because he had linked U.S. foreign policy to 9-11 attacks.

Does this make Fox News a terrorist training center?

Aug. 26 2010 11:42 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

IT'S A QUESTION OF TASTE? Have you BEEN to a Burlington Coat Factory? Or the "gentleman's club" nearby?

Aug. 26 2010 11:42 AM

Mr. Berntsen for all his CIA background suggests that we can control our borders??

How does he explain the fact that even with the Berlin enclave, the East Germans & Soviets combined couldn't stop people from escaping with dogs & machine gun watchtowers??

Aug. 26 2010 11:41 AM
jeff

Mr. Berntson is sure to win the Angry White Man
Vote.

Aug. 26 2010 11:41 AM
Peg

The republicans seem to have a platform that has plenty of hatred and fear to share... Hispanic immigrants, gays, Moslems. .. Meanwhile they continue to be fearless deniers of human causes of Global warming.

I think they have their priorities crossed.

Aug. 26 2010 11:40 AM
Eli Mandel from Cleveland OH

Can Tom Vilsack's comments on illegal immigration be used in Shalom Rubashkin's or his manager's - who were charged with employing illegal immigrants - defense? Or does a top administration official's statement mean nothing?

Aug. 26 2010 11:40 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Mr. Bad, I think Berntsen said "double-wide." Not that that makes much more sense.

Aug. 26 2010 11:40 AM

The palpable anger in Mr. B.'s voice makes him totally unqualified for public office. Scary...

Aug. 26 2010 11:38 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Angry, angry maniac...

Aug. 26 2010 11:38 AM

"it starts when you're always afraid..."

Aug. 26 2010 11:38 AM
artista from grinpoint

he's running in the wrong state.
This lunatic (sorry) is a posterboy for why you don't want CIA agents running ANYTHING civil.
They become lost in their worst fantasies.
I don't love Chuckie, but I am so glad he will not be replaced by this fear-mongerer.

Aug. 26 2010 11:37 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

Oh, I was incorrect - he also conflates immigration and terrorism. So it's more general xenophobia. Honestly, it tests my commitment to our Constitution to tolerate his right to speak - I am so tired of blatant lying and demogoguery.

Also, reiterating the word "very" doesn't make your point more accurate. Double adverbs impress only the feeble-minded.

Aug. 26 2010 11:37 AM
dbmetzger from manhattan

Building bridges by putting up fences. Sound very GOP. :)
NYC Islamic Center Gets New Support
The planned mosque and Islamic center several blocks from the World Trade Centre site in New York City is getting a new boost, this time from a coalition of supporters that includes families of 9/11 victims. http://www.newslook.com/videos/244717-nyc-islamic-center-gets-new-support?autoplay=true

Aug. 26 2010 11:37 AM

RLewis
and airplanes

Aug. 26 2010 11:37 AM
antonio from park slope

Stop the Canadians too!

Aug. 26 2010 11:36 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

A double white fence, yeah, that will work. You, sir, are hilarious.

Aug. 26 2010 11:36 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

This guy sounds like a maniac

Aug. 26 2010 11:35 AM
RLewis from bowery

they're coming over in boats now. a fence is obsolete. this guy needs to find some new material.

Aug. 26 2010 11:35 AM
JP from NJ

The Jersey Turnpike is a much bigger draw to terrorists with all its unprotected chemical plants and shipping container yards. That’s what should keep us all up at night….

Aug. 26 2010 11:35 AM

can we stop calling it a mosque??

Case in point re: republican messages. this guy is the poster child. It's Republicans that should not be allowed to build. Get rid of their convention centers, and headquarters.

Aug. 26 2010 11:34 AM
Don from Long Island

How would these candidates recommend someone who is socially way to the left and fiscally way to the right to vote? With no more moderates, what is such a person to do?

I suspect that they'll each say, "Vote for me!", but why? Why should one sacrifice what one views as constitutionally guaranteed civil rights and civil liberties to keep the government from overspending?

Aug. 26 2010 11:33 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

Well, he says "nuc-yoo-lar" instead of "noo-clear," so of course he conflates Islam and terrorism. Correlation does not imply causation, of course, but this does seem to be a salient feature of Islamophobes.

Aug. 26 2010 11:32 AM
Mike

How would the candidates have addressed Financial reform? I am torn because on one hand I wanted a much stronger bill, but feared the job losses that may have resulted.

How as U.S. senators would the candidates change/diversify NYC's economy so that it is less dependent on Wall Street?

Also how would the candidates address climate change?

Aug. 26 2010 11:04 AM

please ask want to be senators and reps to end the corn subsidies. High-fructose corn syrup is cheap enough.
while they are at it stop the red state subsidies. my taxes are too high to keep pouring down a black hole
http://www.taxfoundation.org/UserFiles/Image/Blog/ftsbs-large.jpg
why do so many red states need so much welfare anyway.

Aug. 26 2010 10:16 AM

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