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Debate videos: Key questions, closing arguments, full debate

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Take a look at some of the more heated exchanges from this afternoon's Washington Post debate between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. The candidates repeatedly butted heads on Council-administration relations and favoritism regarding city contracts.

In the candidates' closing statements, Gray emphasized that he would foster unity while continuing reforms and maintaining voters' trust, while Fenty made a passionate plea for a second, more open chance at improving his hometown.

You can watch (or rewatch) the entire debate:

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 1, 2010; 7:12 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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If you're convicted of bribing a public official to receive contracts,

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/06/AR2010080606129.html

you're only barred from DC contracts for a year.

http://ocp.dc.gov/DC/OCP/e-Library/Excluded+Parties+List.

And you get quietly reinstated months before you've even been sentenced.

That's not some bureaucrat and contractor getting together and covering their tracks. That's a high-level decision made a year after all the facts came out.

Why? Is that cronyism or something more?

Posted by: jakeh | September 1, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Sorry King Fenty, the majority of the citizenry/voters in the District of Columbia wants you banished from your kingdom (Wilson Building) come January, 2011. Good riddance to you King Adrian and you will have plenty time on your hands to ride your bike and jog. You too will be a private citizen like the rest of us.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 1, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

So when Gray interrupts Fenty with laughter during Fenty's time, its not an interruption, but when Fenty does it, Gray cries about getting his "time back". What a smug bastard. And people call the Mayor "arrogant". Its going to be very satisfying to see Gray lose, and in doing so, getting booted from the council. Ah, I can't wait!

Posted by: asuka1 | September 2, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Additionally, when does the Post plan on firing Nikita Stewart? Her bias in print has always been obvious and systematic , but her behavior during this debate was patently unprofessional. She should not be representing the Post. After the Mayor wins his second term, I expect the Post will be doing some house cleaning. Stewart and Debonis, its time to update those resumes.

Posted by: asuka1 | September 2, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Listen to Stewart talk to the Mayor like she was scolding a six-year-old child. And this is the person the Post has working the election beat? What a disgusting woman.

Posted by: asuka1 | September 2, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Gray proudly declares he'll give us "the same thing I've given the people of this city my entire life, the best performance I can possibly have."

So I guess we can expect a Mayor Gray to run the city as poorly as he ran the DCHHS? A Mayor Gray who is as indecisive and slow to act as he has been as Chairman? No thanks.

Posted by: asuka1 | September 2, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Why does the issue of race seem to make Adrian Fenty feel uncomfortable? I agree with Ms. Stewart, why did Fenty pledge and join an all black male Fenty, if he doesn't see himself as a black man?

Posted by: blackomega | September 2, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

asuka1

So now it is Ms. Stewart fault you are supporting a jerk. Obviously you have not been following the stories by Ms. Stewart if you think she is a Gray fan. As far as talking to Fenty like a six-year, it is important to speak to a child using words the child can understand. LOL.

Calm down and cast your early vote for Fenty.

Posted by: guylady201001 | September 2, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey blackomega great point.

Posted by: guylady201001 | September 2, 2010 5:46 AM | Report abuse

I was finally able to watch this debate in its entirety and I was so disappointed by Gray's attitude. The laughing during Fenty's turn, the smug looks, the snarky wisecracks- it was too much for me.

I like the things Fenty has accomplished, though I haven't always been thrilled by the way it's gotten done. But he deserves four more years.

Voting for Gray seems like it will be a major step backwards for the city. 11 days from the primary and it is still very unclear what he will actually do as Mayor.

I'm proud to be casting my vote for Fenty.

Posted by: GetOuttaHere | September 2, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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