NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor met in a campaign forum that touched on everything from the state's pension overhaul to the mayor candidacy of Buddy Cianci.

Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, ex-Obama administration official Clay Pell and contractor Todd Giroux participated in a live edition of Rhode Island Public Radio's "Political Roundtable" Tuesday evening.

One issue that highlighted differences was the sweeping 2011 pension overhaul, which Raimondo oversaw. She defended it as necessary to address a crisis. It's now caught in a legal challenge.

Pell said the process was mismanaged. Taveras said he wouldn't have supported the law and would work to resolve the matter out-of-court if he's governor.

The Republican candidates, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block, will participate in a roundtable next week.


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