Kirsten Gillibrand (Democratic) and Rudy Giulani (Republican) are running for Senate seat from New York in the US Senate Elections 2010.

Kirsten Gillibrand is a junior United States Senator from the State of New York and is a member of the Democratic Party. She is the second woman to handle the position of a US Senator from the State of New York. Rudy Giulani is the 107th Mayor of New York City. He has served in this position for two terms.

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Kirsten Gillibrand versus Rudy Giuliani comparison chart
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Political Party Democratic Republican
Spouse(s) Jonathan Gillibrand Regina Peruggi (divorced) Donna Hanover (divorced) Judith Nathan
Alma Mater Dartmouth College (A.B.) UCLA School of Law (J.D.) Manhattan College New York University School of Law
Occupation Politician, Attorney Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic Roman Catholic
Current Position Junior United States Senator Mayor of New York City
Serves on committees Agriculture, Forestry, Nutrition, Public works, Environment, Foreign Relations and Aging Exploratory
Position on health care Supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act and voiced for public option for health insurance. Brought in health savings account up to $6000 for every family, provision of vouchers to the poor.
Position on economy She worked extensively for adding relief funds for the State of New York. Economic recovery through growth principles, inclusion of permanent tax cuts.
Place of birth Albany, New York Brooklyn, New York
Date of birth November 9, 1966 May 28, 1944

Economic Policy

Gillibrand, in order to promote employment, drew a policy to cut down taxes by 20 percent for businesses that hired new employees. She launched the Innovation Agenda as a preparation for the future. It acts as an investment towards academic research; concentrates on development of technologies to use natural resources for the production of renewable fuel. She also promoted the development of local economic clusters for restoration of vibrancy and growth of every community. She is also on the process of strengthening the infrastructure of the State and for cutting down taxes levied on the middle class people.

Giuliani wants to bring the economy back to its glory based on growth principles. He wants to include permanent tax cuts. His focus is on low taxes, few regulations and controlling spending. He wanted to establish accountability in Washington. He believes that economic development needs maintenance.

Health Care Policy

Kirsten Gillibrand wants to ensure that health care reached everyone in the State. She has prioritized insurmountable health care costs. She has worked on insurance reforms, steps to increase affordability, preventive health care and low prescription costs of drugs for seniors etc.

Rudy Giuliani has brought in health savings account up to $6000 for every family. He wants to implement a switch from employer decisions to individual choices. He has supported and implemented several health care reforms like bringing in $15000 tax deduction for self health insurance, and wants to give a private solution to Medicare and Medicaid.

Early Life and Political Career

Kirsten Gillibrand was born in Albany, New York in the year 1945. Born to attorney parents and a lineage of philanthropists, she graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988. She is quite conversant in Mandarin and is also known by her Chinese name Lu Tian Na. She received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1991 from UCLA. She was a special counsel to the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Corporation, Andrew Cuomo. She handled the New Markets and Labor initiatives. She worked immensely for the empowerment of women who are single mothers and those who were subjected to domestic abuse. She has also helped in strengthening the Davis-Bacon Act and for promoting private and public investment for infrastructure development in the lower income areas besides several other initiatives.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Giulani was the only child of his Italian parents. Giuliani went to Manhattan College and majored in political science with a minor in philosophy. He even had an interest of getting into priesthood. He admired the Kennedy family and also volunteered for the Presidential campaign for Robert F. Kennedy. He clerked for the United States District Judge Lloyd MacMahon and then subsequently moved to public life.

Gillibrand vs. Giuliani Opinion Polls (from Wikipedia)

Kirsten Gillibrand and Rudy Giuliani are neck to neck in the opinion polls and this can develop into a toss up.

Poll source Dates administered Kirsten Gillibrand Rudy Giuliani
Quinnipiac December 7-13, 2009 40% 50%
Rasmussen Reports November 23, 2009 40% 53%
Zogby November 20-21, 2009 43% 45%
Marist Poll November 17, 2009 40% 54%
Siena November 16, 2009 43% 49%
Marist Poll September 24, 2009 40% 51%
Siena College January 27, 2009 44% 42%


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