Lhota says he’s looking forward to ‘rigorous debate’ with de Blasio

Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota said Monday he was looking forward to a "rigorous" debate with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the Democratic nominee.    Credit: Anna Sanders
Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota said Monday he was looking forward to a “rigorous” debate with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the Democratic nominee.
Credit: Anna Sanders

After Bill Thompson conceded Monday, Republican nominee Joe Lhota said he was looking forward to a “rigorous debate” with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the Democratic nominee.

“It’s going to be a great campaign for all New Yorkers, you’re going to see different points of view, very divergent, different points of view, about the direction that the city wants to go in,” Lhota said on Central Park’s East Side.

He added that his rival in the Republican primary, John Catsimatidis, wanted to talk about him during the election, but that de Blasio wants to talk about the issues.

Still, he noted that de Blasio’s campaign platform, declaring a “Tale of Two Cities,” was divisive.

“I won’t stand for it and I won’t let him get away with it,” Lhota said, noting one de Blasio ad that separates those who live on Park Avenue and the rest of the city.

He further said that de Blasio’s vision for the city was not the “progressive” change he touts, but “radical.”

“My change is practical. It’s straightforward. It’s to be able to build on what we have done, not tear down what has happened,” Lhota said.

New Yorkers can expect to see Lhota outside campaigning more in all five boroughs now that the general election has begun, he said.

Lhota also congratulated both de Blasio and Thompson on their campaigns.

“I feel for him,” Lhota said of Thompson. “But, nonetheless, this is the way electoral politics works.”

Lhota added that he was not surprised by Monday’s outcome.

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