Governor debate post-mortem begins
Read the Sun's coverage of Monday's gubernatorial debate here, along with a fact check on claims made by Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on taxes, the economy, education, DNA and government spending. The Sun also covered the day's second exchange between the two men at a forum on disabilities issues.
Sun columnist Jean Marbella weighed in about the retro issues discussed and Sun opinions editor Andy Green noted that Ehrlich focused on issues dear to the far right and far left. Business columnist Jay Hancock bemoaned the lack of discussion about pensions during the exchange.
The hourlong fact-filled debate between Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. wrapped a short time ago. It was taped at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and will air tonight at 7 on that station and statewide on Maryland Public Television.
At several points the debate became heated, with each candidate accusing the other of interrupting. Ehrlich referred repeatedly to O'Malley as "Gov," and O'Malley referred to Ehrlich as "Bob." The nicknames grew icier as the debate unfolded.
They're now pow-wowing with their supporters and are expected to emerge soon to give statements. As soon as the debate ended, each side began declaring victory.
Top Democrats who'd come to the station to support O'Malley, including Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Elijah Cummings, said the governor did a better job of laying out a vision for the future. Mikulski predicted viewers would "be glued to their screens" tonight to see the lively exchange. "There was so much energy, so much content."