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SENATOR MENENDEZ KEEPS COMMAND OF 2012 SENATE RACE AT FIRST DEBATE

October 04, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT: Paul Brubaker
October 4, 2012                                         201-704-6981-c

SENATOR MENENDEZ KEEPS COMMAND OF 2012 SENATE RACE AT FIRST DEBATE

Menendez reviews record of fighting for New Jersey’s middle class
Kyrillos runs the clock down with rhetoric

MONTCLAIR – In the first debate of the 2012 Senate race in New Jersey, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez took command of the debate in a performance that clearly defined him as a fighter for New Jersey’s middle class and those aspiring to enter it.

“What we’ve seen tonight is Senator Menendez in high definition and Joe Kyrillos getting lost in his own evasiveness. Senator Menendez presented his record of fighting for middle class tax cuts instead of oil company subsidies, of fighting for patients’ access to health care instead of insurance companies ability to deny care, of fighting for women’s rights to paycheck equity and reproductive choice instead of turning the clock back by decades,” said Menendez For Senate Campaign Manager Mike Soliman.

“What we got from Joe Kyrillos tonight was more of his dancing around the issues. The reality is, Joe Kyrillos voted against middle class tax relief but fought to protect corporate tax loopholes even when closing them would drive $950 million in state revenues. The reality is that Joe Kyrillos voted against state funding for women’s health care services six times in the last three years, and walked out on a senate resolution supporting women’s paycheck equity. We’re not going to hear Joe Kyrillos say that on debate night, but his avoiding reality makes it crystal clear that Senator Menendez is one the right side of the issues that matter most to New Jersey’s middle class.”

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