View Article  Wider Victory In GOP Primary: Spencer Wins 63-37

Fox News reported that Yonkers Mayor John Spencer defeated Reagan-era Pentagon official Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland to win the Republican nomination in New York's U.S. Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As paper and absentee ballots were counted, news outlets confirmed that John Spencer's victory in New York's Republican U.S. Senate Primary was wider than initially reported.

Capital News 9 in Albany reported Spencer winning the GOP primary 63-37 percent.

Spencer was accompanied on the podium by fellow Republican and Conservative statewide candidates, gubernatorial nominee John Faso and State Comptroller candidate Christopher Callaghan.

New York GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik praised Spencer's efforts.

"John Spencer ran a grassroots campaign based on the issues that matter to New Yorkers. Spencer's platform of tax cuts, job growth, and keeping America safe is what New Yorkers deserve in a United States Senator," said Minarik.

Minarik said that Hillary Clinton has has failed New Yorkers.

"Whether it was her votes against tax cuts, failing to deliver on her promise to create 200,000 jobs, or voting against laws to strengthen homeland security. New Yorkers deserve a Senator who is focused on improving the lives of New Yorkers and not just interested in running for President," added Minarik.

The Syracuse Post-Standard also reported that the former Yonkers Mayor had also beaten his primary opponent by over 60 percent.

"Today the campaign begins, and New Yorkers will begin to see the difference," Spencer said Tuesday night. "The more they learn about her record, the more they'll see that I'm someone who will stand up to terrorism and support our military."

"She's trying to be all things to all people, but she can't hide from her record," Spencer said of Clinton. "Meanwhile, it's very clear where I stand."

Celebration In Yonkers

In addition to Christopher Callaghan, the Republican and Conservative nominee for State Comptroller and John Faso, the Republican and Conservative candidate for Governor, Spencer was accompanied by New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, Westchester County Republican Chairwoman Rose Mario Panio and Rockland County Republican Chairman Vincent Reda.


View Article  Spencer To Clinton: Let's Debate







John Spencer, the Republican and Conservative nominee for U.S. Senate, today called for a series of debates with Senator Hillary Clinton.  Spencer, fresh from his victory in the GOP Primary, called for the debates at a noon news conference held at the Women’s National Republican Club in mid-town Manhattan.


Spencer, the former Mayor of Yonkers, said:

“In a day and age when our state and nation are faced with so many problems, I believe that it is imperative that Senator Clinton and I take part in numerous debates across New York," said Spencer. "We have a responsibility to the people of this state and this nation to meet in open debate." 

Spencer noted that the the voters of New York deserved to see the contrast between the ideals and beliefs of both himself and Senator Clinton.

"I’m a common sense conservative who believes in lower taxes, less spending and a strong national defense.  Senator Clinton on the other hand is hard to pin down," said Spencer. "She tries to be on both sides of numerous issues as she pursues her quest to become President."

Spencer also cautioned that, "in this age of terror," Clinton owed New Yorkers a forthcoming response on the serious issue of national security.

"New Yorkers need to know why she fought against the Patriot Act, NSA wiretaps, and stronger sanctions on Iran," stresssed Spencer.

Finally, Spencer repeated that he was prepared to debate Senator Clinton.

"I’m ready to debate; any time, any place …the question is… will she?  I’ve instructed my campaign staff to schedule as many debates as possible and this morning we notified NBC News that we would accept an offer to debate on “Meet the Press”.

View Article  Spencer Called "Experienced and Principled" By U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole

"Senator Hillary Clinton, you are in for the fight of your life"



Soon after his 61-39 percent win in New York's Republican U.S. Senate Primary, John Spencer was congratulated by National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chair Elizabeth Dole.

Senator Dole issued the following statement on the New York Senate race now set between Mayor John Spencer and Senator Hillary Clinton:

"Mayor Spencer is an experienced and principled leader," said Senator Dole. "Mayor Spencer will hold Senator Clinton accountable as the Senator attempts to redefine herself as a moderate while her record and past rhetoric tell a very different story."

WCBS-TV in New York covered Spencer's victory speech, where the former Yonkers Mayor made it very clear that Senator Clinton would face a competitive contest.

"Senator Hillary Clinton, you are in for the fight of your life," said Spencer.

Spencer told The Associated Press that independents and moderate Democrats would be persuaded by his message.

"She's been weak on the war on terror, and bad for the economy of the state of New York," Spencer said. "She's a pro-tax, big government liberal, and I'm a common sense conservative."

Meanwhile, Clinton failed to meet expectations against her Democratic opponent Jonathan Tasini, an under-funded and ignored anti-war candidate who still managed to garner 17 percent in Tuesday's primary -- where some journalists and pollsters had openly predicted 90 percent or more.  She would finish with 83 percent.

And Clinton remained under 60 percent in most recent polls against Spencer (as low as 53.7 percent in mid-August) -- and has barely broken over 60 percent most of 2006.

"She literally has to get into the 60s or it will be a bitter victory," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "If she runs against a candidate who hasn't spent a lot of money and is just cashing it on anti-Hillary vote, then she's going to have some explaining to do."

Since Senator Clinton is only running for President in 2008, she already has a lot of explaining to do.