Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota squared off in their final mayoral debate Wednesday night before the Nov. 5 election. The debate aired on WOR 710, and even though it wasn't quite as testy as their second debate, the candidates continued to trade shots.
Both candidates accused the other of being out of touch with New Yorkers. “It’s another example that despite your much ballyhooed résumé you don’t understand what life in this city is about," de Blasio at one point exclaimed.
“I know what it means to be a New Yorker. . . . I know what it’s like to be in poverty," Lhota fired back. "I know what it’s like to aspire to be in the middle class. Don’t tell me I don’t know what it means to be a New Yorker."
Lhota once again was much more aggressive than earlier in the campaign, but you could argue there was no clear cut winner in Wednesday night's debate. Both candidates had their moments and got in their attacks, but Lhota did not seem to get the knockout blow he desperately needed.
In a Quinnipiac University poll released just before the debate, de Blasio held a huge 65% to 26% lead. However, Lhota continues to fight, even comparing himself to Rocky Balboa in "Rocky IV." “It reminds me of that boxing match between Rocky and Drago," Lhota said via the New York Daily News. "We know what happened in that match. The underdog won. New York loves an underdog. I am that underdog, there’s no question about it.”
With just a few days left before the Nov. 5 election, Lhota is going to need a Rocky Balboa type performance to have any chance of winning.
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