Today In Politics: Democratic Candidates Take Shots at Rivals During Final Debate

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The leading Democrats running for mayor took turns going after front-runner Bill de Blasio in Tuesday night's final debate before the primary election. A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday shows the Public Advocate with a substantial lead.

New York Times Columnist Michael Powell says de Blasio held his own in the face of attacks.

"They were going after him hammer-and-tong, and from all sides, and I think he parried reasonably well," he said. "There's a little bit of a that-was-then-this-is-now aspect to his career, and I think they really zeroed in on that, but I think over all it struck me that he held serve, as they say."

To hear a full interview with New York Times Columnist Michael Powell, click audio above.