NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The leading Democratic hopefuls for Rhode Island governor each went on the offensive in a live televised debate, as the campaign heads into the final two weeks before the Sept. 9 primary.

Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and political newcomer Clay Pell met Tuesday night in a debate sponsored by WPRI-TV and The Providence Journal.

Pell used some sparring between Raimondo and Taveras to paint himself as a political outsider whose campaign has focused on ideas, not attacks.

Raimondo continued to hammer home her overhaul of the state's pension system and said she is the only one who has worked with the General Assembly to tackle a tough issue.

Taveras said he understands the struggles of Rhode Islanders because he has lived them himself.


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