Liberal candidates met on a stage at the Capital Hotel in St. John’s Thursday night.
The VOCM debate had a markedly different tone from August, when candidates descended to shouting matches on the stage of the Arts and Culture Centre in Gander.
Eligible Liberal party voters will pick a new leader in November.
The five candidates largely stuck to their core campaign themes.
Dwight Ball spent most of his time emphasizing the past 18 months as interim Liberal leader, and how the party has gone from last to first in the polls.
Cathy Bennett repeatedly talked about the need for “change” from the current Tory government.
Paul Antle also spent the majority of the debate talking mostly about Premier Kathy Dunderdale, and about the failures of the current government as opposed to the other Liberal candidates.
Jim Bennett was by far the most specific candidate, going into extreme detail in response to virtually every question from the moderators.
Danny Dumaresque focused on the core planks in his campaign: the fishery, tearing up the current plan to develop Muskrat Falls and building a tunnel to Labrador.
The debate was a wide-ranging exchange, covering municipal issues, fiscal policy, ferries, the fishery, fracking and access to information.