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October 11, 2010

Debate day

The sole scheduled televised debate of the O'Malley-Ehrlich re-match (don't say grudge match), is on for today. Viewers can see it on WJZ-TV at 7 p.m. The video will also be posted on the station's website at that time.

Prognosticators say that Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the Republican former governor, has the most to prove: He's anywhere between 8 and 11 points down in the polls and can use the forum to cut through paid advertising where he is being outspent and make a fresh and direct pitch.

Gov. Martin O'Malley has a chance to excite his base -- a feat that appears particularly difficult this year after one of the most lackluster primary races in recent history.

Every gubernatorial cycle seems to include a debate about the debates and this year is no different. O'Malley's camp sent out a statement Sunday evening designed to pressure Ehrlich into accepting a second televised debate in the Washington D.C. media market. The two camps have already agreed to two other debates to be broadcast on the radio.

It is hard to know how many minds can be changed via a debate, though a freewheeling back-and-forth is a terrific environment for unscripted moments. The Associated Press put together this nice collection of memorable debate moments thus far.

O'Malley and Ehrlich are both seasoned politicians comfortable with their talking points causing even one die hard politico from Harford County to predict the event will be a "snore." But we'd advise keeping a close eye on the body since the two men are longtime foes.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 5:30 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010


Where can we find it in the D.C. area? Thanks.

I am glad that this debate is televised and live. People need to see and understand the people they will be voting for. This gives people an excellent way to accomplish that. On a sidenote, Maryland's voting system needs to change. Firstly, one should have the ability to vote for whoever they want in the primary. One should not be confined to one specific party. Secondly, investigate voting fraud and outlaw it. Are the elections secure, safe, and reliable?

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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