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Washington Post debate: What did you think?

Christopher Dean Hopkins

The Washington Post's Maryland gubernatorial debate just wrapped up -- we'll have the full video up later today but you can read Mike DeBonis's recap and analysis now -- and we'd like to know what you thought.

Have questions that didn't get answered or want to provide your own analysis? An online discussion with Post reporter John Wagner is coming right up.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | October 14, 2010; 1:08 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Governor  
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Tuned in for the noon news and stayed to listen to the debate. I remember not liking Erlich's policies when he was Governor tho I'm a Republican and feel O'Malley has done a better job. But neither of them knows where the money will come from to pay the pensions or the Purple Line. Hated that female moderator interrupting them to move on - TV time may be expensive but let a speaker finish his thought without badgering him. The speakers had the decency not to interrupt each other or grandstand. Erlich is the better speaker but getting the job done is what counts so I'll go with O'Malley.

Posted by: jcaroleclarke | October 14, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't vote for Bob Erlich if he was the last person on earth. The gall to crawl out from under a rock and run for Governor again. I haven't forgotten about the spying on peace groups, him and Michael Steele (RNC Whooping BOY!) busing in people from PA. to vote in a MD. state election. Bob Erlich is nothing but a CROOK! Good Riddance!

Posted by: t-one | October 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that Ehrlich was voted out after one term as Gov. Why did he do only one term in Washington. Why is he on leave from his law firm. I don't trust his judgement after seeing his choice for Lt. Gov and Steele has not made a great name for himself as Head of the National GOP

Posted by: peep1935 | October 14, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This is how the unscrupulous corporate media portrays politics in this country to keep the public deceived, entertained, and plundered....republic versus democrat, loser versus winner. Never mind their stand on the issues and how they might the public. Even the media does that, it is done from the corporate perspective.

Posted by: bluethunder1 | October 14, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Robert Ehrlich's campaign is funded by a corporation that advertises itself as a "news channel". Think about that for a moment. Fox "News" is covering this campaign, and they also have a horse in the race. Is that corrupt or what? Where is Howard Kurtz (whose wife is a GOP operative in DC) on the real degradation of our news media? How about it Howie? Is this at least as important a development as the Runaway Bride or Balloon Boy? Do you have any professional pride Sir?

Posted by: B2O2 | October 14, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I thought the moderator was a maroon.

Posted by: mdpilot | October 14, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I attended the debate today and it was clear that Ehrlich won this one. O'Malley looked like a deer in head lights after several questions and he uses vague terms like "innovation economy" to describe his policies. What does that mean in terms of policy?? I think O'Malley thinks it plays well with an uneducated voter population.

It's also funny to hear that people in MD would rather be taxed at a higher rate under O'Malley rather than return to a prosperous economy under Ehrlich simply so that their political "side" wins. Maryland gets what it deserves if it votes for another four years of O'Malley's failed policies.

Posted by: | October 14, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The poster above, Peep1935, who stated that Bob Ehrlich was only in Washington for one term as a representative in Congress is being factually inaccurate. Ehrlich was elected to office as a member of Congress, succeeding Helen Delich Bentley, in November 1994, took office on January 3, 1995, and served four terms in office, until January 3, 2003. Lying or just ill-informed, Peep1935?
If it is the latter, that is a pretty bad level of being misinformed, so why should anyone give any credence to any of the rest of what you had to say, either?

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | October 15, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley raised taxes way more than Erlich did, but O'Malley claimed he didn't raise taxes.

Plus the dumb voters voted in higher property taxes, not the governor.

Posted by: thelaw1 | October 15, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

mdpilot: You, my friend, are also a "maroon" [sic]. At least spell-check before you insult someone.

Posted by: JG08 | October 15, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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