November 2nd, 2009
10:01 AM ET
13 years ago

Political heavyweights travel to NY 23

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Two political heavyweights are descending on New York's 23rd congressional district Monday,"](CNN) - Two political heavyweights are descending on New York's 23rd congressional district Monday, 24 hours before voters in that closely-watched special House race head to the polls.

Vice President Joe Biden is set to hold a morning rally in Watertown with Democrat Bill Owens at 10 a.m. ET.  Biden's visit comes two days after Republican Dede Scozzafava withdrew from the race - a seeming blow to Owens who had benefited from Sozzafava and conservative third-party candidate Dough Hoffman splitting the opposition vote.

Meanwhile former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson is also heading to the upstate New York district, holding a campaign event with Hoffman Monday evening.

Thompson, among Hoffman's earliest high-profile backers who was the recent star of a campaign commercial for the independent conservative, said in a statement "Dough is Target No. 1 for the Democrats' political machine, they are desperate to win."

A recent Siena College poll conducted before Socozzafava withdrew from the race suggests Owens and Hoffman were locked in a statistical dead heat, 36-35 percent, with Scozzafava far behind at 20 percent.  Political observers predict more than two-thirds of Scozzafava's supporters are now likely to cast their vote for Hoffman.

Biden also campaigned with Owens in September while President Obama made an appearance at a fundraiser for Owens in New York City earlier this month.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. notfooledtx

    Fred Thompson is a "heavyweight"? He couldn't even win a primary!

    November 2, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I don't think Thompson should be called a "GOP presidential candidate." He was not nominated.... he was merely a candidate for the nomination, and not a very good one at that.

    November 2, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. D. Tree

    Moderate Republicans are tired of the fundamentalists in their party forcing everyone to be radical like them – moderate conservatives may end up voting for the Democrat just to send a message: the GOP doesn't need more radicals, they have enough already!

    November 2, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. New Yorker

    Dede is out of the race because she was too liberal. She wasn't really a republican, just called herself one, and the proof is that she is backing Owens. Hoffman truly represents the voters in this part of America. A vote for Hoffman is a vote against the damaging goals of Obama and Pelosi who disregard the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as they try to ram their outrageous health care reform down our throats. READ THE TENTH AMENDMENT !

    November 2, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Fred Thompson is a GOP heavyweight?

    RIP GOP.

    November 2, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Shadysider

    C'mon, CNN. Do a review of the candidate's stances. Is the moderate Republican too liberal in fiscal matters, or social matters for the conservative base? Or both, which leaves most of us conflicted. These are the things that news media should highlight for their audience.

    November 2, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    VP Biden yes, but Fred Thompson ain't no political heavy weight.

    November 2, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    With this Republican split, we should wonder why there is the disagreement. Is there some problem? I am beginning to think that there are some real concerns that the Republicans need to work out among themselves since they have changing dynamics of what a Republican should be. I just thought that were there to do what Big Business wanted and to stop any way to help the average people (the thinking is that they can make it to the top like anyone else).

    November 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Tom in Delaware

    Now that Dede has come out and supported Owens the gloves are off...Hoffman leads by 17 points.

    Now the race is down to one Conservative versus one Liberal (instead of two).

    November 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Mississippi Miss

    Excellent of Dede S. to withdraw for the good of the nation. Two great candidates splitting up the vote could have helped the unsettling Democratic Party to gain ground (however temporary that might be).

    Now we can begin to see the house of cards begin to fall. The deck is stacked against all things Democratic from now until 2012. We are united and determined to dig our country out of this jobless recession, one conservative idea at a time.

    November 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. File under "Sarcasm"

    That's the answer, bring big Joe in to put his foot in his mouth for Owens. Just how popular is Joe Biden in upstate New York?

    November 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. victim of republican greed

    This will be a tremendous victory for the right wingnuts if they are able to hold the district they have held for almost 150 years?

    November 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Richp

    Until the GOP gets all the democrats out of the republican party they are going to have a rough time. Time to get back to the conservative side, get the religious nutcases out cut government 50% and put them back where they belong and out of our daily life.

    November 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Mark

    Socozzafava was a huge disappointment. Her supporters must be furious with her for quiting and then backing the liberal democrat. My money is on Hoffman to win and win BIG!

    November 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Major defeat for Biden.........

    this is the beginning of the end for socialism.....

    Obama is ONE and DONE.

    November 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. victim of republican greed

    I think it is time for the real conservatives to take the republican party back from the moderates. Like in ethnic cleansing, the smaller their tent, the better for their national chances. It worked well for the Nazi party.

    November 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Fred Thompson? Yawn...

    November 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Eric in Denver

    This race is going to be a runaway by the conservative party candidate. Just a sign of things to come for the socialist party!!

    November 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Big Daddy

    Sending Thompson is like sending George Bush !!!

    November 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. M. Ames, Syracuse

    Fred Thompson a "political heavyweight?"

    Yeah, right...........I guess that came across in his dynamic campaign last year.

    November 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. tim nyc

    fred thompson? he did well in the presidential run...didn't he get 4 votes and rudy got 3 ?...i'm still trying to figure out which 7 people in America voted for either one....fred ought to stick to law + order reruns where they let him have 2 lines per episode( and a large scotch!)

    November 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Kevin in Ohio

    Dede Scozzafava has now endorsed the DEMOCRAT candidate.....what more proof is needed that the republicans put the wrong candidate on their slate???? No question now that Hoffman is the clear choice in this conservative district. He alone represents the values of the true American majority.

    November 2, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. UpstateNY

    An important item left out of this story is that the Conservative candidate does not live in the 23rd comgressional district while the Democratic candidate and the former Republican candidates do.

    "All politics is local." And if the candidate is not local it is a bigger deal than the news is reporting.


    November 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Albo58

    What event would require anyone to exclaim, "Quick, get Biden!"? I can't think of anything either!

    November 2, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. tarheel

    If Scuzzifava had not already showed her true colors before her withdrawal, she certainly did by throwing what little support she had to the Democratic candidate. What did she expect when her political leanings were to the left of Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi. The people in her district should have a choice other than Left and far Left, especially in a strong conservative Republican district. I don't know who to blame most, her, or the idiots that put her in that position to start with. I assume she will now go the way of Arlen Specter and quit pretending to be a Republican.

    November 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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