Congressional candidates Adriano Espaillat and Michael Walrond joined host Gary Axelbank today on BronxTalk for their fifth debate. (Close looks at their prior debates are here, here and here.) The debate, which will be broadcast Monday at 9:00 p.m.*, features a 30 minute discussion among the three. Charles Rangel cancelled his scheduled appearance, and the show left an empty chair on-set to mark his absence. (We’ll bring you some clips from the debate after it airs on Monday evening.)
Both Espaillat and Walrond spoke with the press afterwards, discussing Rangel’s absence, top issues in the Bronx portion of the district and more.
Update – Bronx Issues:
I asked both candidates about what they see as the greatest difference in the needs of the Bronx portion of the district from the needs of the Manhattan portion of the district:
Here is Espaillat’s full press availability:
Here is Walrond’s full press availability:
* The broadcast schedule, as provided by BronxTalk, is:
On Monday, June 16 at 9:00 p.m. it will be televised on BronxNet Channel 67 (Cablevision) and 33 (Verizon), and MNN Channel 34 (TWC), 82 (RCN) and 33 (Verizon) .