ALBANY - Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican challenger Wendy Long squared off Sunday in their only scheduled debate, touching on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, financial regulation, campaign-finance reform, pharmaceuticals -- and Amy Schumer.
The comedian and distant relative of New York's senior senator briefly became debate fodder Sunday when moderator Liz Benjamin asked Long if she wished to reiterate her support for Donald Trump.
Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, had just said Trump was "not fit to be president" given his various controversial and crude statements about women.
Long tried to turn the tables, pointing to the language in Amy Schumer's act and questioning why Hillary Clinton has accepted support from rap stars with vulgar lyrics, such as Jay Z.
"I have to say that I find it somewhat hypocritical of some on the left when they say, 'Oh, we’ve got to cover our children’s ears,'" Long said.
"If you just listen to the Howard Stern show and what, for example, Amy Schumer talks about on the Howard Stern show or some of her stand-up routines, with the racism and the misogyny and all of these things that are going on."
Long continued: "The level of vulgarity, I think – this is the pot calling the kettle black.”
Chuck Schumer quickly noted a significant difference: Trump, unlike Amy Schumer, is running for president.
"Neither Amy Schumer or Jay Z or Howard Stern are running for president," Chuck Schumer said. "I don’t think most Americans would think they’d make good presidents, either."
Schumer is seeking his fourth term in the Senate and is in line to become Senate Democratic leader next year, should he win.
Long, a Manhattan attorney, previously challenged Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012.
The debate Sunday was held at Union College in Schenectady and hosted by Time Warner Cable News and NY1.