Republican Mayoral Hopefuls To Face Off In Final Debate Before Primary Day


CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The top two Republican candidates for New York City mayor faced each other Sunday for the last time before the primary in an at-times testy debate that touched on topics including the NYPD’s policies and each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Polls showed ex-MTA chairman Joe Lhota with a consistent lead over billionaire grocery store magnate John Catsimatidis, going into Sunday’s debate.

But Catsimatidis has blanketed the airwaves with ads, and a strong debate performance could impact what is expected to be a low voter-turnout on Tuesday.

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In an exchange where Catsimatidis criticized Lhota for his decisions as deputy mayor in Rudy Giuliani’s mayoral administration, Lhota angrily ended with, “John, get your facts straight.”

At another point, where the candidates were asked whether they had questions…

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