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VIDEO: Ruppersberger, Jacobs Offer Closing Statements

Challenger Nancy Jacobs committed a debate no-no, during his final statements, according to moderator Richard Vatz.

There are just some things you should not do when debating politics.

"As a moderator, I thought this was an even debate, but I think you do not raise new issues in a final speech. That's just an understanding," said Richard Vatz, a Towson University professor and conservative politics blogger.

He was referencing State Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford) who lobbed an attack at incumbent Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger in her closing arguments at a debate hosted by the Springdale Community Association Monday evening at Warren Elementary School. Ruppersberger was not given the chance to respond to her allegations.

After a series of questions regarding taxes, national security and the Affordable Care Act—to name a few—Jacobs attacked her opponent for a measure he supported during his time as County Executive.

Watch the videos for yourself and tell us who had the stronger closing argument. Stay with Patch as we provide a recap of Monday's debate Tuesday afternoon.

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CORRECTION: This article has been updated to reflect the true nature of the moderator's comments regarding the candidates' closing remarks.

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