With one week to go, Emanuel and Garcia engage in final debate

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CHICAGO (AP) —The final debate in the Chicago mayoral race between incumbent Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia was a heated one.

The two men clashed Tuesday on everything, from Emanuel's stewardship of the city's finances to noise caused by planes using O'Hare International Airport.

The debate occurred in the wake of a poll showing Emanuel has doubled his lead over Garcia in recent three weeks.

Emanuel was forced into a runoff with Garcia after failing to get more than 50 percent of the vote in the Feb. 24 primary. Since then, he has run television ads attacking Garcia.

The debate almost immediately became heated as Garcia questioning the veracity of the city's finances. Saying they have never been independently audited. Emanuel contended Garcia doesn't have the skill to manage the city's finances.

Emanuel pressed on Garcia after his nonprofit Enlace Chicago had a deficit when he left, even though Garcia said it was in good financial standing.

"There was a deficit, but no one missed a paycheck, no one was laid off, we didn't borrow any money," said Garcia.

Garcia also blamed Emanuel's work with Fannie Mae for the housing crisis. Emanuel replied that he left the firm well before the recession.

 

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4 comments

  • jcwconsult

    If you will do better as part of Emperor Rahm’s 1% group, vote for Rahm.
    If you are a part of the vast majority that are NOT in Rahm’s favored tiny group, then vote for Mr. Garcia. You might also vote for Mr. Garcia if you HATE Rahm’s predatory money grab red light cameras that have NOT improved safety. These hanging bandits are no better than government robbery under false pretenses. They are despicable, but they CAN be removed to stop “robbing” mostly safe drivers for camera loot if you vote for Mr. Garcia.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

  • Tony Cisneros

    LISTEN PEOPLE: WHEN I RAN FOR CHICAGO CITY TREASURER IN 2011, I ADVOCATED A ***FORENSIC*** AUDIT OF THE CHICAGO CITY TREASURER’S OFFICE GOING BACK 10 YEARS–PREFERRABLY 20 YEARS–YET, NOBODY SAID “BOO” BACK THEN; BUT TOTALLY IGNORED MY CAMPAIGN FOR CITY TREASURER AS I WAS LITERALLY ********************NON-EXISTENT******************** IN THE LOCAL CHICAGO NEWS MEDIA ! ! ! ! ! !
    Now All Of A SUDDEN Everyone Is Talking About AUDITING THIS &-OR AUDITING THAT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Truthfully, Honestly, Sincerely Yours And Faithfully Recorded & Submitted,

    Tony Cisneros
    2011 Candidate For City Treasurer,
    City Of Chicago,
    State Of Illinois,
    United States Of America.

  • Diane.

    Phil Ponce’s question ( more of a statement ) about Chuy Garcia’s sons involvment in gang activity was uncalled for.
    I felt it was a cheap shot that changes my opinion of Phil Ponce’s objectability in hosting a debate.

    Did Mr. Ponces think to ask the Mayor why his son was tageted for a mugging and cell phone theift outside the mayor’s home. Maybe Emanuel Jr. has some association with criminal contacts also. Shame on the WTTW/ PBS producers.

  • Aaron Ryan

    Phil Ponces’ question was very valid. These are the type of hard no b.s. questions that need to be asked if you care about your city and who you choose to run it. There are so many uninitiated, intellectually lacking, ILLEGAL immigrant sympathizers who think it was so unfair for Ponce to even being that up. And the only reason Rahm thought it was an unfair line of questioning because he doesn’t want those type of questions aimed at him. So, all you that I generalized and Im sure will take offense, employ a more real and progressive mindset. Your current way of thinking well only hold you and “your people” down.