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City's Bar Association Hosts Latest Forum For Mayoral Candidates

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Democratic and Republican candidates for mayor were at yet another candidates forum Thursday night, this time hosted by the city's Bar Association. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

The candidates for mayor seem to spend more time with each other than voters.

"Errol, I'm starting to be really concerned I'm spending more time with you than I am with my wife these days at these forums," said Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson.

On Thursday, it was for the New York City Bar Association's mayoral candidates forum, moderated by NY1's Errol Louis.

It's possible that some of them have forum fatigue. Some candidates slipped in halfway through. Others did not show up at all.

Both Anthony Weiner and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn cited scheduling conflicts.

Of the Democrats that did attend, they took shots at their missing rivals.

"I think we need a whole different kind of oversight at the City Council," said Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.

The real differences between the candidates were not seen while they shared a stage, but they were seen when you compared the two separate forums.

"I think it's absolutely wrong to consider stop, question and frisk to be racial profiling," said Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota.

"To hear what it is like to have a police officer instructed to perform racial profiling," de Blasio said.

The candidates tried to set themselves apart. Republican George McDonald flashed his CitiBike membership.

"This is the future," McDonald said. "I'm a charter member. Now, I'm not saying I ride it every day."

But they seemed to all agree on one thing: if elected, they would commit to not extending their own term.

"Let me stand up on that one," Thompson said.

Other than term limits, Republicans at the forum by and large praised the Bloomberg administration's leadership, while the Democrats blasted it. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP