De Blasio and Lhota Rehash Old Arguments in Final Debate

(Photo: Peter Foley/Pool Photographer)
The candidates during tonight’s debate. (Photo: Peter Foley/Pool Photographer)

Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota faced off in their third and final debate of the 2013 mayor’s race this evening, rehashing old arguments and trying to make their last pitches with less than a week to go before Election Day.

Throughout the debate, Mr. Lhota–who remains nearly 40 points down in public polls with Election Day looming–doubled down on his message that a Mayor de Blasio will take the city back to the bad old days of high crime.

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Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio Spar Through Testy Second Debate

Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota clash at the second mayoral debate of the general election.
Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota clash at the second mayoral debate of the general election.

Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota tangled bitterly in the second mayoral debate of the general election, butting heads on stop-and-frisk, a controversial campaign ad and the legacies of the Giuliani and Dinkins administrations.

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Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota Come Out Swinging in Their First Debate

Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio face off in their first televised debate.
Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio face off in their first televised debate.

At long last, Joe Lhota got the televised match he has repeatedly insisted would turn his electoral fortunes around.

But the Republican mayoral contender failed to deliver any knock-out blows that might shake his opponent, Bill de Blasio, off his dominating position in a Democratic-leaning city. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota Come Out Swinging in Their First Debate”

Bill de Blasio Skipped Televised Debate for Fund-Raiser

Bill de Blasio at today's press conference.
Bill de Blasio at today’s press conference.

Mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and Adolfo Carrión faced off last night at a televised debate, but it was somewhat awkward because the race’s front-runner, Democrat Bill de Blasio, was nowhere to be seen.

It turns out that Mr. de Blasio, who is dramatically ahead in public polls and fund-raising, was using the time to raise still more cash, a campaign spokesman told Politicker today after repeated questioning.

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Anthony Weiner Says He Stands for New York

Anthony Weiner answering a question earlier today.
Anthony Weiner answering a question earlier today.

As Anthony Weiner winds his way through the slog of never-ending candidate forums and debates that have defined much of the mayor’s race, he’s managed to stand out by standing up as he answers every question, even as the rest of the field remains seated.

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Christine Quinn Thinks Scheduling Overlap Questions Are Hilarious

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a campaign app outside of the Midtown Apple store. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a campaign app outside of the Midtown Apple store. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn laughed off suggestions Thursday that she had purposely scheduled a press conference to rain on an opponent’s endorsement parade–the second time she’s been accused of using the tactic in recent months.

“We should be so well-organized to figure everything out on that level!” said Ms. Quinn, bursting into awkward, raucous laughter when Politicker asked about the timing of her Thursday press conference unveiling a new mobile app for her campaign.

(Her cackle is a particularly well-known response mechanism in city politics.)

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CBS News Site Omits Bob Schieffer’s ‘Obama bin Laden’ Slip From Debate Transcript

 CBS News Site Omits Bob Schieffers Obama bin Laden Slip From Debate Transcript
Bob Schieffer (Photo: CBS)

One of the biggest gaffes during last night’s presidential debate came from the moderator, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, who accidentally referred to the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden as “Obama bin Laden” while discussing Pakistan. Though this was one of the most talked about moments of the evening, for over twelve hours after the debate, there was no mention of the mistake on CBS News’ website where the posted transcript of the debate omits the exchange. Continue reading “CBS News Site Omits Bob Schieffer’s ‘Obama bin Laden’ Slip From Debate Transcript”