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The candidates vying for the North Country's House seat traveled to the tiny St. Lawrence County village of Wanakena Thursday night for a forum at the Ranger School there.

The three, Democratic incumbent Bill Owens, Republican Matt Doheny, and Green Party contender Donald Hassig, traded views and answered questions on a range of issues.

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Owens, from Plattsburgh, defended the idea that capital gains taxes and income taxes for the wealthy should be returned to the levels that existed in the 1990s: "When Clinton was in office", Owens said, "we created over 20,000,000 jobs. When Bush was in office, we created  about 1.5 million jobs. What does that tell you? It tells you when you cut taxes, you don't necessarily get jobs."

Doheny, of Watertown, says he wouldn't vote to raise any taxes if elected.

Doheny defended his plan to allow private insurance companies to play a role in Medicare - a popular program for seniors now run entirely by the Federal government. He said he wants to make sure people have a choice: "Right now the Congressman has tens, if not hundreds, of different plans that he can buy as a government employee in Congress. But you as someone on Medicare can't do that.

Owens has described that plan as an effort to privatize Medicare.

Some of Green Party candidate Donald Hassig's remarks in the debate were expanded on in a separate story this morning at NCPR. 


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