Just hours after a new poll named Bill de Blasio the frontrunner of the New York City mayoral race, and Anthony Weiner well-behind in fourth, the top five Democratic candidates squared off in the race’s first official debate.
In the debate were de Blasio, Weiner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson.
The candidates rolled through their talking points. De Blasio touted himself as the true progressive candidate, Christine Quinn pointed to legislation she passed as the City Council’s speaker, Weiner positioned himself as the outsider who doesn’t need endorsements to win, Liu and Thompson championed successes as handlers of the city’s pension fund.
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