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"Rob Ford is the only candidate who can really feel good about his performance."
Newstalk 1010 host and Senior Editor at The Grid Magazine, Edward Keenan says while there was no knock-out punch, Ford left the best impression among the five mayoral candidates in Wednesday's televised debate. The sitting mayor faced off with Olivia Chow, John Tory, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki in a session punctuated by un-moderated free-for-alls, with candidates shouting over one another to be heard.
"He (Ford) was the one who looked the most in command of what he wanted to say, he was completely unflustered, he didn't look nervous, he didn't speak from notes."
While Keenan says Ford beating the drum on his economic policy is unlikely to have persuaded fact-checkers or those who follow city politics closely, the mayor's calm demeanour and sticking to message likely left an impression on casual viewers.
Keenan doesn't get the impression Ford's challengers did much preparation ahead of the debate.
While he thinks Olivia Chow made strong points in debate and had some good lines, "it seemed to me that quite a few times, she tried to work her way around to a clever line...rather than following a straight line of thought." Keenan calls John Tory and his performance "unmemorable".
Toronto voters will choose the city's mayor October 27th.
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