Democratic Mayoral Debate Recap

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Supporters outside WABC-7 studios before August 13, 2013 Democratic mayoral debate (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

After months of mayoral "forums" last night saw the first major television debate between the Democratic candidates for mayor. Bill Ritter, Eyewitness News co-anchor, and Mariela Salgado, reporter for Noticias 41 Univision -- who both helped moderate last night's debate -- recap the highlights, from attacks on Speaker Quinn's economic policy to Bloomberg's education record.


Bill Ritter and Mariela Salgado

Comments [10]

it IS about the distribution of wealth AND about no-nonsense crime policy. Plenty of candidates are willing to play clowns and none is willing to be a liberal, like FDR and try to do whatever works for the majority of the people. there should've been at least one candidate with Deblasio's social policies and Giuliani's crime policies. the fact that this town can't produce such a candidate tells me that we are a colossus with feet of clay.

Aug. 15 2013 01:17 PM

"if Bloomberg and his buddies orchestrate a 'terrorist' attack or a riot a couple of weeks before the November election"


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Aug. 14 2013 10:18 PM
Leo from Queens

Lhota is the clown - Was he the one that decided to place the Emergency Management office Command Center at 7 World Trade Center with a huge tank of fuel at the foundation and which incinerated for days during the 9/11 attack?
Is he also the one that reduced mass transit accross the city and increased fares during his brief stint heading the MTA while being transported in a choffered driven car paid by the taxpayer?

I can see this clown winning if Bloomberg and his buddies orchestrate a 'terrorist' attack or a riot a couple of weeks before the November election in order to scare the likes of "John from the office"

Aug. 14 2013 11:46 AM
Katherine Boyd from Brooklyn

It is certainly time for a campaign "based on inequality", an ever-increasing inequality that is shrinking the middle class and creating greater numbers of people living in poverty. Bill de Blasio is the only one running on this promise. It is NOT about the redistribution of wealth but, as he pointed out last night, raising taxes on people who make $500K or more, to pay their FAIR SHARE. This will no doubt be a difficult task, as Bloomberg's policies have favored this socioeconomic class for 12 years but if he succeeds, all of us, including the wealthy, would benefit.

De Blasio, in his service as Public Advocate, probably knows more than other candidates how people think and feel about the current economic and political situation as it pertains to NYC. He was relaxed, at ease, and well-spoken last night. No doubt all of this has something to do with his rise to first place in the Quinnipiac poll taken last night.

Christine Quinn, on the other hand, came across as smug and overly confident in the debate. Perhaps this has something to do with her drop in the polls.

Aug. 14 2013 11:13 AM

Regarding Ms. Salgado's comments about Latinos/Hispanics being "conservative on social issues":

Ironic that she doesn't mention her namesake, Democratic candidate Rev. Erick Salgado.

Aug. 14 2013 11:01 AM
john from office

I did not realize that one of the Jacksons was supporting DeBlasio!

Aug. 14 2013 10:29 AM
Anonymous from Park Slope

2 Clowns...LOL

Aug. 14 2013 10:29 AM

Joe Lhota's problem is that he's a Giuliani disciple. The voters want candidates that look less like the precendant mayors. Lhota is Giuliani Part 3 and Quinn is Bloomberg Part 4.

Aug. 14 2013 10:29 AM
john from office

Joe Lhota will win this election in a landslide, unless he is opposed by Quinn, who has the only chance among these political none starters.

Liu, turns out to be the "black" candidate, anti-cop pro-weed.

The middle class, "white" New York and ethnic working clas New York, will not allow these clowns to win.

Aug. 14 2013 10:19 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Oh, gosh, a (Deblasio) campaign "based on inequality" is one based on stirring resentment, class envy, hatred, ethnic/racial disharmony and the promise of redistribution (ie freebies).
What have we come to?

Aug. 14 2013 10:13 AM

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