ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. --- Congressman Anthony Brindisi and his opponent Claudia Tenney said they've been busy out on the campaign trail in the final days of the 2020 election. As early voting polling sites officially closed on Sunday, both candidates made their final appearances and phone calls to voters.
" We've been all over the place trying to get the vote out and making sure people vote. Now with early voting closing, we want to make sure that everybody gets out. Obviously, we're very excited about the race. It looks like it's really shaping up and the momentum is on our side and on the side of the President," said Congressional Candidate Claudia Tenney.
Brindisi, focusing on calling voters and convincing undecided voters he's the right candidate.
" Well for these last steps in the campaign, it's really continuing to do a lot of phone banking reaching out to our supporters making sure that they are aware that this is the last day to early vote and make sure they have a way to vote on Tuesday. And we're still reaching out to some of those undecided voters to convince them on why we are the better choice in this election," said Incumbent Anthony Brindisi.
If elected both candidates said they plan on focusing on economic recovery relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I would say that number one we have to continue to fight this virus, provide economic relief to Americans and small businesses that are shut down, and then we need to look forward and see what we can accomplish together. Whether it's infrastructure or is making healthcare more affordable, lowering prescription drug prices for seniors, there's a lot on the docket and I think we need people in Washington right now that can work together and bring us all together and get things done," said Brindisi.
"I think we need to grow the economy back to where it was. As I indicated, that GDP number, the largest GDP number in the history of the country is a real sign that the work we did in Congress is working. Lowering taxes, cutting back on unnecessary regulations rolling back a lot of the bureaucracy in the executive branch," said Tenney.
As the negative campaign ads dominate our television screens, we asked both candidates to state what they admire about their opponent.
"I respect that my opponent is someone who is a great parent. She has a son who is serving in our military and we should all be proud of that service. I admire the relationship that she has with her son and I appreciate his service and sacrifice to this country," said Brindisi.
"Well we worked together in the State Assembly and I think Anthony has a good sense of humor. I think we always seem to laugh with each other and work together even under the angst of a tough election. So I still feel the same. I saw him during the debates, we had good conversations. And a lot of people don't understand is that we're both lawyers, so we are used to battling it out in court and having a cup of coffee later because this is really about issues and about policy and about representing our community, not about personal stuff," said Tenney.
Election Day is on Tuesday.