NEW YORK (AP) — The Democratic candidates for New York City mayor have squared off in their second-to-last debate, arguing about the police department and political advertising.
Topics in Wednesday's live televised Town Hall debate also included health care, hospital closures, income inequality and emergency services.
In a testy cross-examination round, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh), City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and ex-comptroller Bill Thompson traded exchanges over monitoring the police department, term limits and the accuracy of rival ads. Polls show a near dead-heat among the three.
Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner's (WEE'-nurz) early support has collapsed after his latest sexting scandal. He's in fourth. He's trailed by Comptroller John Liu (loo).
Two lesser-known candidates vied for speaking time.
A final debate is scheduled for Sept. 3. Election Day is in three weeks.