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O'Malley and Ehrlich spar in tense debate

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) squared off in an often-testy debate Monday, trading accusations about each other's records on taxes, university tuition, race and the education of poor children, among other issues.

From the outset, O'Malley sought to frame the debate as one about "whether we move forward to better days or whether we slip back," promising to build on what he acknowledged has been a challenging four years to govern because of the recession.

Ehrlich, who is trying to avenge his 2006 loss to O'Malley, closed the hour-long encounter in the studio of Baltimore's WJZ television by arguing "we can do better," citing higher unemployment and tax increases as part of the past four years.

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Where to watch/listen
All broadcasts at 7 p.m.

Television
• WJZ, Baltimore's CBS affiliate
Maryland Public Television
• USA digital subchannel 2.1

Radio
WYPR 88.1 FM, a National Public Radio affiliate in Baltimore

Web
wjz.com

By John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis  | October 11, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Governor  
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