August 14th, 2013
11:41 AM ET

Race for Mayor of New York City Heats Up

The race for mayor of New York City turned testy when candidates faced off in their first televised debate. All eyes, as usual, were on embattled politician Anthony Weiner.

Weiner again apologized for the sexting scandal that took him from first to worst in the mayoral race, saying, “I've made mistakes, embarrassed myself and have hurt my family.” (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

And things only got more uncomfortable from there, especially when he repeatedly went head-to-head with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

“I’ve apologized for my personal behavior,” Weiner said. “The Speaker refuses to apologize for overturning the will of the people, for the slush-fund scandal, and for the things in her professional record.”

Quinn shot back, “Neither me, nor anybody else on this stage, or any New Yorker, quite frankly, should be lectured by Anthony Weiner about what we need to apologize for tonight, or ever.”

Yet the other three opponents preferred not to focus on Anthony, but on the issues important to the city. And according to the polls, the city isn’t taking kindly to Weiner.

“In recent weeks, the scandal-plagued candidate has gone from first to fourth place,” CNN's Rosa Flores reports.

“His support plummeting from 26% before the latest sexting admission, to 10% in a new Quinnipiac University poll.”

“Crossfire” Host S.E. Cupp prefers to see this as the polls “correcting”. “He is a jerk, he's a clown,” Cupp says. (WATCH VIDEO)

“We don't need another circus in New York. New Yorkers deserve a serious candidate for mayor and I think they're course correcting.”

Cupp also weighs in on Weiner’s politically savvy wife and long-time aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, who has been absent from the campaign trail.

“The jerk part of him is that he's aware of the fact that he's hurt her professional career, which could have skyrocketed and still could,” Cupp says.

“But he’s knowingly injected himself into the path of her career.”

Cupp also discusses another political headline of the day, including the birther issue, but not in regards to President Obama.

Donald Trump is raising the question in regards to Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has been officially deemed eligible to run for president despite his childhood in Calgary, Canada.

“I don't know if our candidates and would-be candidates need to spend time going down that path, looks like we have nothing else to go after,” Cupp says.

“If I were advising Republican candidates for any office, I would say stay away from this issue.”

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