Candidates Jane Corwin, left, and Kathy Hochul share a smile during this morning's debate. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)
9:46: After only 45 minutes, what's likely to be the only debate in the race in New York's 26th congressional district has ended.
9:45: And in her closing statement, Corwin stresses her fight for the Flight 3407 families, Delphi retirees and others. "I'm going to roll up my sleeves and work for these people."
9:43: In her closing statement, Hochul cites the time a man who makes $100 a week approached her after a debate and offered her $10 for her campaign -- and says she will fight in Washington for people like that "with every bone in my body."
9:38: Corwin says she has four cars: a Chevy Equinox, a Cadillac Escalade, a Range Rover and a Mercedes. Hochul says her family has a Dodge Durango, a Cadillac, a Ford pickup truck and one other vehicle -- and not a Lexus, as the moderator insisted her husband had.
9:36: OK, now it's quiz time. The moderators are quizzing the candidates on the names of the counties in the district, its median income, etc.
9:34: Hochul favors a salary cut for members of Congress, saying she's not in this for the money. Corwin also says she favors lower congressional salaries.
9:32: Corwin says the Obama health bill needs to be repealed because it will increase the cost of health care. She says its mandates are limiting hiring. And Hochul says the bill "needs to be fixed." But she doesn't want it thrown out. Citing a 10 year old with leukemia who might not get coverage without the bill, Hocul says repealing the law "would throw her under the bus."
9:30: Hochul: "There's so much unfairness in the tax code. That's where we have to start" to boost the economy. But Corwin says it's "disingenuous" for Hochul to push tax cuts when she raised taxes in Hamburg.
9:28: Hochul notes that the Ryan budget that Corwin supports preserves those tax breaks for big oil. Corwin: "It's not perfect but it's a plan that points us in the right direction."
9:26: Hochul says big oil and companies like GE should pay higher taxes "so residents of my district don't have to." Corwin agrees to eliminate tax breaks to big oil but stresses that overall, the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rates in the world.
9:24: Corwin: Higher taxes on the wealthy would hurt small businesses.
9:22: Hochul says she disagrees with Dems on raising taxes on people who make more than $200,000, saying $500,000 is a better threshold to protect small businesses.
9:20: Hochul: "I think everything should be on the table" -- including taxes. "It's a different set of priorities I have."
9:19: Corwin notes that the national debt equals $46,000 for every man, woman and child in America -- and says we "need to look at all programs" for cuts. That includes Medicare and defense, she says.
9:17: On a question about Afghanistan, Corwin says: "I believe it is a very important mission." But Hochul turns the talk to Pakistan, saying the capture of Osama bin Laden raises the question of "whether they are on our side or not." And Corwin says President Obama "did a good job" in ridding the world of bin Laden.
9:15: The debate turns to the missing chair -- Tea Party candidate Jack Davis. Hochul fends off criticism of her ads attacking Davis by saying he has flip-flopped on protecting seniors. Corwin: "On that I'd have to agree with Kathy."
9:13 a.m.: Corwin says Hochul raised taxes 11 years out of 12 in Hamburg. "That's Kathy Hochul's legislative record."
Asked about her record on taxes in the time of Hamburg, Hochul says that in Congress: "I will cut taxes on small businesses so they will expand and grow."
Hochul: "We have to find a way to continue what's been a very successful program."
Opening question: The debate starts with the big question on the big issue: Medicare. Asked about the increased thousands those under age 55 will eventually have to pay under a GOP reform plan, Corwin says she wants to "protect the system for future generations." But she doesn't comment on the cost increase for seniors of the future.
Beginning of debate: Kathy Hochul: "I'll be there when you need me."
Jane Corwin starts the debate on a personal note: "I grew up living the American dream. I didn't have a silver spoon in my mouth."
Buffalo News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski will be live blogging the debate today in the 26th Congressional Race.