Last night’s debate between Michael Bloomberg and Bill Thompson was “all out war,” says The Post.
Michael Barbaro thinks Thompson was on the offensive while Bloomberg was slightly bored and bothered.
Brian Lehrer’s analysis: “Bloomberg won the debate unless NYers are angry enough to turn out a mayor whose record was not challenged very much.”
Lehrer’s follow-up question to Bloomberg on extending term limits: “Are you at all embarrassed?”
Michael Powell said Bloomberg was unexciting, but Thompson remains unknown.
Adam Lisberg: “Thompson has not presented his own strong rationale for running the city. That’s not what his campaign is about.”
Thompson accused Bloomberg of buying support.
“The mayor has engaged in pay-to-endorse politics,” said Thompson.
ABC headlines that argument.
Thompson said Pedro Espada was a better majority leader than Joe Bruno. Bloomberg disagreed.
Bloomberg flipped Thompson’s main talking point, saying “Eight isn’t enough for better schools.”
Fred Siegel hits the moderators for not asking about the economy.
Thompson said he “didn’t run the school system.”
David Chen: if Thompson “was so powerless as board president then that would seem to make his argument that mayoral control would not have been possible were it not for “the work that I did” all the more weak.”
Daily News readers think Thompson won the debate.
Fifty-seven percent of WNYC listeners said they were unswayed in their opinions after the debate.
Debate security was tough. “Why don’t you give me a call in the morning? It seems like you’ve had something to drink tonight,” Lt. White of DCPI told reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere .
Wayne Barrett wrestles with his Bloomberg demons.
Bloomberg gave a contract to a non-union company.
The former aide challenging Charlie Rangel said, “He got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.”
Keith Wright says Rangel is an icon.
On Rudy Giuliani, Guy Molinari said, “considering his age, and the schedule he has, I think it might well be his last chance” at public office.
Tom Suozzi almost had a debate.
Bloomberg is a “good media mogul,” says a guest blogger at the Washington Post.
Choire Sicha and Leon Neyfakh disagree on the importance of being earnest.
And here’s Dick Brennan’s pretty thorough report on the debate.