Early in the debate, Paul Mango and Scott Wagner traded verbal blows over recent ads by Mango’s campaign. Wagner and one of the panelists put forth an offer to refrain from personal attacks in the campaign.
“I’m not attacking anyone’s character. What I’m doing is revealing my opponent’s character, and those are two very different things,” Mango responded to the panelist according to the Associated Press.
Mango had a shorter response to Wagner, saying “I’ll run my campaign, senator, you can run your campaign.”
Throughout the debate, Wagner countered Mango’s assertions that he is just like Governor Tom Wolf, pointing his opposition to Wolf’s proposed tax increases in 2015.
Laura Ellsworth, the third candidate in the race, put herself above the fray of Mango and Wagner and said they are playing into Wolf’s hands.
“When these two are doing what they are inevitably going to do in this race, they will have armed Gov. Wolf with a war chest on either of them that he does not deserve to have, but he will have it and you can’t correct that now,” Ellsworth said.
The three candidates are scheduled to meet in one more debate ahead of the Ma 15th primary.