Mayoral frontrunners face off in first major debate

January 18, 2011

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Mayoral candidate and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
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Mayoral candidate and former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun.
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Mayoral candidate and Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
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Mayoral candidate Gery Chico served as Mayor Daley's chief of staff.

Last night the four frontrunners for mayor gathered for their first major debate of the election. The candidates did not generate a lot of sparks. But there were quite a few questions – nearly three dozen of them. And they were posed by high schoolers. The answers - as is often the case in political debates - were less specific than the questions.

"Eight Forty-Eight" was joined by WBEZ's political reporter Sam Hudzik for a debrief.