SAN DIEGO - In the first debate between the last two men standing in the race for San Diego mayor, Congressman Bob Filner and San Diego City Councilmen Carl DeMaio showed off their polarizing personalities.
Filner talked about his years of experience on DeMaio. DeMaio responded by attacking Filner for his stance on what to do about the city’s $2 billion budget.
"Ultimately his solution is to pay one credit card with another, he wants to borrow,” DeMaio said.
“If you have a home loan of 8 percent when we have a 4 percent interest rate, you’d be silly not to refinance. That’s what we should do with the debt,” Filner said.
Both candidates responded to questions from the Rotary Club members who hosted the debate.
They touched on topics regarding pension plans, education, infrastructure and traffic in Balboa Park, but the attacks, rebuttals and the buzzer got in the way of many hoping to get their questions answered.
Many hoped to hear more about where the candidates stand on issues like whether or not to build a new Charger’s stadium.
Daryl Ferguson was one of many Rotary Club members who came to the debate hoping to make a decision on who to vote for but that was not the case, as he concluded “I’m still thinking.”
It’s voters like Ferguson who Filner and DeMaio are after.
The candidates tried to show where they stand on issues but proved they need more than an hour debate to do so.
Both candidates said they plan on meeting up several more times over the next 4 ½ months, before the general election.