U.S. Congressional District 12

The 12th Congressional District includes Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Willamsburg, Bushwick, Sunset Park, Ridgewood, and parts of the Lower East Side.

Nydia Velazquez (Dem/WF)

Paul Rodriguez (Rep/Con)

Commentary by Nydia M. Velázquez:
Help Small Business, Not the Wealthy

Campaign Trail:

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who has sponsored and co-sponsored a variety of legislation on such topics as small business, financial services, education, environmental justice, health care, affordable housing, and crime prevention faces Republican Paul Rodriguez. Born in Puerto Rico, Velazquez is the first Hispanic woman to serve as chairperson or ranking member of a full committee. Rodriguez, 35, a stock-options trader at UBS, is running on a platform seeking more federal money for the city to help spur development and create jobs. (Downtown Express)


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Presidential debates

President Bush and Senator John Kerry had a series of 90-minute debates:

Thursday, Sep. 30: University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla. Theme: Foreign policy and homeland security.
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, PBS
Transcript of debate

Friday, Oct. 8: Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., no subject restrictions.
Moderator: Charles Gibson, ABC
Transcript of debate

Wednesday, Oct. 13: Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. Theme: domestic and economic policy.
Moderator: Bob Scheiffer, CBS
Transcript of debate

Video of debate.

Vice Presidential debates

Tuesday, Oct. 5: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Theme: No limits on topics.
Moderator: Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer"
Transcript of debate

Live TV coverage: C-SPAN and C-SPAN2, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel

Official debate site: www.debates.org

Critique of Commission on Presidential Debates: www.debate.org


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