7 Action News goes one-on-one with candidates after last mayoral debate

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - Right after the last mayoral debate held at Broadcast House, 7 Action News went one-on-one with the candidates to get their reactions.

When the TV microphones came off, Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon shared a few words.  We wanted to know what they said to one another.

"We just congratulated each other.  We've been friends for a long time and in another week we're going to be friends again and it's going to be just fine," said Duggan.

"Mike and I have gotten along over the years.  This is the campaign, it's not personal," said Napoleon.

So, how did Duggan feel when Napoleon called his turnaround of the DMC hospital a fallacy?

"People in Detroit know the true story.  So it's okay, it's just the kind of stuff that gets said in campaigns," said Duggan.

During the debate though, Duggan told Napoleon during the debate he would regret that comment at some point.

"I've got faith and I don't have fear.  So I don't know what he was talking about.  Bring it one whatever it happens to be," said Napoleon.

The candidates brought it on with their different jabs, so did either one felt they crossed the line tonight?

"No, he was very cordial actually," said Napoleon.

"No, nothing got said that I wasn't expecting," said Duggan.

Things did get a little heated in closing arguments.

"When you get to the end of the campaign and things aren't going your way, you say things you don't mean.  So I didn't take it as anything other than that," said Duggan.

"No, you haven't seen me cross the line, I know how to cross the line," said Napoleon.

So overall, how did the candidates think the debate went tonight?

"I thought he was very strong.  Hopefully I matched up okay and hopefully the viewers will decide for themselves," said Duggan.

"It went fine.  I had no problems with it. It was what I expected," said Napoleon.

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