Gov. Deval Patrick (D), ex-Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO/ex-MA HHS/Finance sec. Charlie Baker (R), and Treas. Tim Cahill (I) have their first debate 6/16 on WRKO-AM.
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Patrick spokesperson Alex Goldstein: “The governor supports all opportunities for voters to engage in the political process, which is exactly what this debate is all about.”
Baker spokesperson Amy Goodrich: “Patrick and Cahill have been calling the shots on Beacon Hill during the last four years, and Charlie looks forward to taking them both on.”
Cahill “was unsure whether he could attend the debate,” but his camp confirmed 6/15 that he’ll attend. Cahill camp dir. Amy Birmingham: “He’s looking forward to (the debate)” (Chabot/Carlin, Boston Herald, 6/16).
During the debate, Patrick and Cahill criticized Baker “for raising premium costs and a lack of transparency” during his time at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Baker asserted “divulging price information is the first step to lowering premium costs,” and claimed “he couldn’t reveal it unilaterally” (Johnson, AP, 6/16).
Baker and Patrick also clashed “over the state budget.” Baker “accused Patrick of putting off tough decisions as the state faces looming deficits due to the faltering economy.” Baker: “The plan you’ve been executing is just kicking the can.” Patrick, in response: “Charlie, I have a lot of respect for you. But the notion you, with your fingerprints all over the Big Dig financing plan would talk to me …”
Baker also accused Patrick of “started spending the rainy day fund before it started to rain.” Patrick said his admin. had “wisely stewarded” the budget (Bierman, Boston Globe, 6/16).
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