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Doug Ford On Minds Of Olivia Chow, John Tory

09/14/2014 05:45 EDT | Updated 11/14/2014 05:59 EST
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Councillor Doug Ford after the press conference. Earlier today Mayor Rob Ford attended Humber River Hospital's Church Street Emergency Department, complaining of abdominal pains that have persisted for at least three months and have become worse in the last 24 hours. Examination and investigation has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor. The Mayor has been admitted to allow for further investigation to obtain a definitive diagnosis. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Doug Ford has yet to begin campaigning, but his two most high-profile rivals are already facing questions about how they intend to handle his unexpected presence in the mayoral race.

Ford announced Friday that he would run for mayor, as his brother will not be able to do so. Ahead of that dramatic announcement, the rookie councillor had said that he would not be seeking re-election.

On Sunday, Ford spoke briefly to reporters outside Mount Sinai Hospital, where his brother is being treated. Asked if his platform will differ from the one his brother presented over the past few months, Ford said the public will have to "stay tuned."

Ford didn't attend a debate at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works on Sunday, which Olivia Chow and John Tory did.

And yet before the debate even got started, both Chow and Tory were asked questions about how they would be responding to Ford's last-minute entry into the mayoral race.

Tory said he would continue to push forward with "a positive message" that is rooted in working with others to make things happen for the city, but he'll also be highlighting "the importance of bringing the Ford era to an end."

Chow linked Ford and Tory in terms of policy — saying that Ford has a "terrible" voting record on council when it comes to transit and social programs, while Tory has put forward transit ideas that are leaving people behind.

"To those that are thinking about voting for Doug Ford or Mr. Tory, I need to tell them that I am a clear alternative, that I will not leave people behind," Chow said, reiterating the argument she also raised the day before.

Chow said with "the drama" surrounding the Fords, voters are now considering who "can help rebuild this city after four years of Ford brothers."

The Oct. 27 election is six weeks from Monday.

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