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Politics

Mayoral hopefuls clash over range of issues

Debate fiery in first meeting of all rivals

Right out the gate, all 12 of the candidates running for mayor — gathered for the first time on one stage — launched into a fiery debate Monday evening over a range of subjects, including whether there should be a citywide vote on a proposed casino in Boston, one of the most contentious issues in the campaign.

“I felt like I needed a football helmet for this one,’’ said Councilor John Connolly, after the 90-minute free-for-all, which was televised in part on New England Cable News. “It moved at the speed of light and it felt at times like an argument at the dinner table among family.”

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