Gillibrand did her best to defend her position on issues, she even gave DioGuardi a sharp uppercut when he went after her, claiming that her and her husband made money off the foreclosure crisis. Gillibrand responded by saying " I find your attack on a family member very offensive." DioGuardi also attacked Gillibrand as being one of the people responsible for the sub-prime meltdown for her actions when she worked for the Department of housing and urban development.
All in all this made for a pretty action packed first debate. Gillibrand still holds the lead, but her ground is shaky, and DioGuardi has the support of the Tea Parties, which was a major factor in the largely unexpected landslide victory for Carl Paladino in the Republican Primaries.