Candidates Hammer Home Closing Messages | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Candidates Hammer Home Closing Messages

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

With the D.C. mayoral primary now less than three weeks away, the two top candidates are starting to hammer home their closing messages.

For D.C. Mayor Fenty, that means framing the election around education reform and his support for schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, or more specifically, his opponent’s unwillingness to say whether he’ll keep the schools chancellor if he wins.

Take this exchange from last night’s debate at the 6th and I historic synagogue, as the mayor needled chairman Vincent Gray over the issue.

“So you're not going to answer the question again, answer the question," shouts Fenty.

Gray meanwhile continues to attack the mayor over a contracting scandal involving some of Fenty’s fraternity friends.

This week, the Gray campaign is releasing a mailer and a TV spot, accusing the mayor of cronyism, here’s chairman Gray’s closing statement from the debate.

“We need fair play in the district of Columbia, in a gray administration, this will be one city, you will have a fair chance whether you live in ward 8 or ward 1," retorts Gray.

The primary is scheduled for September 14th.

NPR

There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure

Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.
NPR

Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables

Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian."
NPR

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.
NPR

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.