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Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker, left, independent Timothy Cahill, second left, moderator and political analyst Jon Keller, center, Gov. Deval Patrick, second right, and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein, right, prepare for the first televised debate at the WBZ-TV studios on Tuesday. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP)
Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker, left, independent Timothy Cahill, second left, moderator and political analyst Jon Keller, center, Gov. Deval Patrick, second right, and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein, right, prepare for the first televised debate at the WBZ-TV studios on Tuesday. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP)

There are less than two months to go until the fall election. On Tuesday night, for the first time, all four gubernatorial candidates sat in front of a television audience to try to persuade voters to pick them in November.

Republican Charlie Baker is chasing sitting Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick in the polls, but the race is tight, with the independent Tim Cahill holding a smaller but significant portion of potential voters.

For an hour on WBZ-TV, Patrick, Baker, Cahill and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein debated taxes, health care, the budget and immigration.

For analysis, we turn to Democrat Susan Tracy, a former state representative and president of the Strategy Group, and Republican analyst Jack Clancy.

This program aired on September 8, 2010.

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