Los Angeles mayoral showdown: Bass, Caruso face off on debate stage for first time

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Rep. Karen Bass and businessman Rick Caruso face off on Wednesday evening in their first — and only scheduled — televised debate in this year’s race for mayor of Los Angeles.

With Caruso down by double digits to Bass in the most recent public opinion poll, the pressure will be on the Republican-turned-Democrat billionaire developer to shake up the dynamics of the contest.

The debate, which is co-hosted and being televised by FOX 11 in Los Angeles, comes with less than three weeks to go until ballots are mailed to California voters in the November election.

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Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks during her election night party Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Los Angeles. Bass and billionaire developer Rick Caruso breezed past a large field of rivals looking to be the next mayor of Los Angeles and advanced Tuesday to a runoff election in November.  (AP Photo/John McCoy)

Bass, a former state lawmaker who’s spent the past decade representing a U.S. congressional district located west and south of downtown Los Angeles, and Caruso are facing off in the general election after winning the

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