Worcester council candidates debate in snippets

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WORCESTER – What was billed as a debate was more like a Twitter feed.

Twelve at-large City Council hopefuls sharing a long table at a candidates’ forum at Mechanics Hall on Monday night alternated on 90-second answers, 60-second responses and 30-second rebuttals in a format that lent itself to snippet-like replies but offered little room for substantive give and take.

The format made it challenging to get traction to get a point across or to seize the opening to make a case, candidate Robert J. Sargent acknowledged afterward.

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