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O’Malley, Ehrlich face off in 2nd debate

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate, former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, left, and Gov. Martin O'Malley, take part in a governor debate in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010.

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate, former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, left, and Gov. Martin O

WASHINGTON — Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Robert Ehrlich have held their second vigorous debate of the 2010 Maryland governor’s race.

Both candidates questioned each other’s credibility several times during Thursday’s debate at The Washington Post.

Ehrlich criticized O’Malley for avoiding a specific response on how to address paying for rising state pension funds.

O’Malley jumped on Ehrlich for failing to provide details on how he would pay for a 1 percent cut in the state’s sales tax.

They also clashed over how to address mass transit concerns in the Washington area. O’Malley supports a light rail project known as the Purple Line. Ehrlich supports rapid bus as a cheaper alternative.