Ganim said he welcomed the question, acknowledging, in the past, "there have been things I have certainly greatly regretted." But Ganim said he feels he has more public service to give and believes he can best represent the interests of the state's cities and their residents.
"It is a different profile, probably than people have seen" in other elections, Ganim said. But he said the more people ask about it and "get a feel for who I am," they'll realize he has learned from the experience. He billed himself as someone who can work with diverse groups and will help "not just a wealthy few," a reference to Lamont's personal wealth.
Lamont contends he would be a fighter for the cities, vowing to support adequate education funding and efforts to attract more jobs.
The two Democrats are expected to appear in three more debates before the primary. Meanwhile, the five Republican candidates for governor appeared at a debate Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun. There's a potential for at least one independent candidate to appear on the November election ballot as well. The field is crowded because Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not seeking a third term.
Lamont made no reference to Malloy on Thursday night. Rather, he spoke of how the voters have been let down by politicians who've told them lies. He said the next governor should "get judged by your results," not promises.
"The truth is, we're going to have one tough time getting through this budget crisis," he said, adding how he'll be fair-minded in doing what's needed.
Lamont painted himself as an outsider with a strong commitment to public service. He's best known for defeating former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic primary, only to later lose in the general election when Lieberman ran as an independent. Lamont later ran against Malloy in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, but lost the endorsement.