Updated 10/25/2012 06:00 PM
22nd Congressional District: Hanna, Lamb square off
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ROME, N.Y. -- As Republican Congressman Richard Hanna and Democrat challenger Dan Lamb vie for the attention of the 22nd Congressional District, one issue in their messages stands far out front.
"That's a message about creating jobs, returning Upstate manufacturing," said Lamb.
"We're 49th in being business friendly. We're 49th in being highest taxed," Hanna explained.
But they have different ideas on how to get America moving again. Hanna says curbing the national debt and investing in energy are the answers.
"How do you do that and represent this community, how can you be in favor of Cap and Trade, against the Keystone Pipeline, against gas, against coal?" he asked.
Lamb says teaching holds the ticket to the future.
"When we have to rebuild this economy and train our next generation of workers for 21st century jobs. We can't get there by cutting access to education," he said.
Though the economy is definitely taking center stage in this campaign, there are several issues on local and even international levels these candidates feel their teams are best equipped to handle.
"One of my biggest concerns is the state of our environmental laws that have been systematically gutted over the last 30 years," Lamb said.
Lamb is outspoken against hydrofracking in the Southern Tier. Hanna says he'd like to see it researched more. But he's more concerned with the ailing health care safety net.
"We need to change Medicare to make it more affordable," he said. "We need to change Medicare in order to make more, to include more people. The question is, how do we do that?"
Both want to see Medicare and Social Security reform, diverging with Lamb's support of the Affordable Care Act.
But these candidates characterize the race in even simpler terms: Hanna calls himself a freshman Republican with an independent record, looking out for no one but his constituents.
Lamb says his 15 years experience working with Congressman Maurice Hinchey can put Congress on the right track.