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Lots of voters and nearly the entire mayoral field came out for last night’s Washington City Paper debate at the Black Cat. But there’s good news for Vince Gray and anyone else who couldn’t make the forum—-you can listen to it below.
If you want even more LL debate action, come back to the Black Cat Tuesday night for the at-large debate moderated by LL, DCist’s Sarah Hughes, and the Washington Post‘s Clinton Yates. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Listen to the debate to hear the full range of topics covered, including race, adult illiteracy, and marijuana legalization. Here are some highlights:
7:20: If Gray wins the primary, will the candidates support him against David Catania and other challengers in the general election? Carlos Allen, Jack Evans, and Vincent Orange said they would; Muriel Bowser, Reta Lewis, Andy Shallal, and Tommy Wells says they wouldn’t.
26:00: Lagging candidates Lewis, Allen, Orange, and Shallal say they wouldn’t take Post columnist Colby King up on his request that they drop out of the race. Why not? Because, Orange says, King is an African-American Republican, and Orange doesn’t listen to them.
40:00: Whose account of the 2010 campaign do the candidates believe, confessed election schemerJeff Thompson or Gray? Bowser and Lewis hedged with a third option, saying they believe U.S. Attorney Ron Machen. Allen said he’d leave it to the courts to decide. But Shallal, Wells, Orange, and even Gray pal Evans said they believe Thompson.
1:00:00: When the candidates ask each other questions, Orange asks Wells why it’s OK for Wells to admit being “duped” over a city payment to Thompson but Orange can’t claim similar ignorance. Unsatisfied with Wells’ response, Orange sang “Mr. Clean” at him.