The second televised debate for the 13th District Democratic Primary lacked the odd props and the racially-charged tone that defined the previous debate, but that didn’t mean it was courteous. Congressman Charles Rangel and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat slammed each other's record while highlighting differences in their policy agendas and beliefs. Rev. Michael Walrond, the other candidate on the stage, injected himself into the debate, but the rivalry between Rangel and Espaillat dominated. Rangel confirmed his support for hydrofracking, while Espaillat said he was against it. The candidates discussed their positions on Common Core, immigration, and rent control while jabbing each other on their records. Rangel avoided the oddities of past debates where he used a pretend cell phone call to insult his opponents or an iPad, for what it was not clear. Rangel slammed Espaillat as ineffective during his many years in Albany while Espaillat insisted Rangel has been in office too long. The primary is on June 24.
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