Rangel, challengers spar at NY primary debate

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NEW YORK (AP) – The candidates in the tightly contested and at times tense Democratic primary race for New York’s 13th Congressional district sparred over their passion and experience at another debate.

Incumbent Rep. Charles Rangel faced state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Harlem minister Michael Walrond Wednesday night at Lehman College in the Bronx. The debate was put on by Time Warner Cable News NY1 and NY1 Noticias.

The debate, while contentious at times, largely stayed away from the issues of racial divides and ethnic campaigning that had been the flashpoint of a previous meeting.

The candidates answered questions on a range of issues from housing to education.
Rangel, running for his 23rd term, highlighted his experience, while Espaillat said change was needed in the district, and Walrond said the area needed a visionary and a leader.

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