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Connolly, Walsh Taking No Votes For Granted In Boston Mayor's Race

BOSTON (CBS) - It's the home stretch for the two men running for Mayor of Boston.

Both John Connolly and Marty Walsh are campaigning around the city Monday, taking no votes for granted the day before the election.

Each made an appearance on WBZ NewsRadio 1030's NewsWatch with Joe Mathieu Monday.

Among the topics the candidates discussed - how the next mayor will handle the city's labor contracts.

"We both support unions. I believe in unions. I believe in people making a good wage, having good benefits, the ability to save. That's what we want for everyone," Connolly told WBZ.

"But when you're making $175,000 in 2012 in a union leadership role and then filing legislation on behalf of unions in your state rep. role and filing legislation that would devastate the city financially, then you're not thinking about everyone."

Connolly has criticized Walsh for his ties to labor unions, which Walsh calls unjustified.

"My opponent's position on bargaining with anybody is drawing a line in the sand. My position on it is getting to 'yes,'" Walsh told WBZ.

"I think if we sit down at the table, I certainly have the respect to be able to sit down, put all the cards on the table and talk about the issues that are in front of us, particularly around contract negotiations. I can be tough and fair, but it's about respect too, mutual respect and I think John in this campaign has clearly shown that he doesn't respect public employees and I think it's important for us to make sure we work hard together to try and come up with the best compromise."

Recent polls show Walsh with a slight lead, but Connolly says he'll be campaigning until the polls close Tuesday evening.


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