Collins/Hochul Race Heats Up

October 7, 2012 Updated Oct 7, 2012 at 12:08 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 7, 2012 Updated Oct 7, 2012 at 12:08 AM EDT

DEPEW (BUFFALO) One of the nation's top Republicans, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, made a stop in Western New York, and now the race for the 27th Congressional seat between Kathy Hochul and Chris Collins is more highly contested than ever.

A crowd greeted Speaker of the House John Boehner to Depew on Saturday, as he threw his support behind Republican Congressional candidate Chris Collins.

"And this is a campaign we're going to win. And we're going to win because of the work that Chris is doing all over the district and the work that you all are doing," Boehner said.

But challenger and Democrat incumbent Kathy Hochul was not impressed.

"Well, Speaker Boehner came to town a year and a half ago in support of my opponent and I'm the one who went to Washington, so it's not a factor in this race at all," Hochul said.

Both sides also had strong opinions on the outcome of Wednesday night's first Presidential debate, and how it would affect the election.

"Obviously the better Governor Romney is doing, the better our team is going to do, create more enthusiasm, bring more people out, and it'll help people like Chris Collins and all of our candidates on the ticket," Boehner said.

"I think it's important for people to see both myself and my opponent debate, and really the relevance of the presidential debate doesn't have a factor here," Hochul replied.

Friday's jobs report, showing more jobs and slightly lower unemployment numbers, was also a hot topic as the focus continues to be on the economy.

"It's certainly a factor, but the way I look at it it's heading in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. We have to roll up our sleeves, bipartisan, roll up the sleeves in Washington and get jobs back," Hochul said.

"We've been 44 straight months over 8 percent. 7.8, 8.1 they're the same number in my book. We need unemployment under 6% under 5%," Chris Collin said.

Collins and Hochul will face off in their first debate on October 16th.