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Mayoral Forum Gets Off To Heated Start With "Grandpa" Comment

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Things got heated and personal between mayoral candidates Anthony Weiner and George McDonald at an AARP hosted town hall forum Tuesday morning at Hunter College, with the former congressman at one point calling the Doe Fund founder "grandpa." NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

Anthony Weiner said at a forum Tuesday that he will fight for seniors if he's mayor of New York City.

"We need to have more funds going to senior centers," Weiner said. "You don't want to be in an institution. You don't want to be in a hospital. You want to be with your friends."

However, before the debate, which was hosted by AARP, Weiner took a swipe at one of his rivals over his senior citizen status.

NY1 was rolling on the exchange, catching Weiner dismissively refer to Republican George McDonald as "grandpa." McDonald is 69.

McDonald: I said keep your hands to yourself.
Weiner: I heard what you said.
McDonald: Don't put your hands on me ever again.
Weiner: Really? What's going to happen if I do? You're a tough guy now?
McDonald: I am. I can defend myself.
Weiner: [inaudible]...your anger issues under control.
McDonald: I don't have any anger issues.
Weiner: But you do, grandpa.

McDonald later claimed that Weiner picked the fight.

"He went like this. [pats self on chest] 'How you doing, McDonald?'" McDonald said.

The sparks did not stop there. After the event, McDonald got into a shouting match with some of Weiner's supporters outside.

"How do you explain to a 10-year-old granddaughter how he tweets out pictures of his penis to people?" McDonald said. "Oh, penis! Penis!"

The police intervened to try and create some calm.

George McDonald has been the most willing to attack Weiner directly over the online sex scandal, but the attacks have backfired, and they did again at Tuesday's debate.

"I would contrast my values with Anthony Weiner's values any day of the week, seven days a week," McDonald said. His comments were met with boos.

Weiner, meanwhile, generated plenty of snickers as he explained his approach to immigration reform.

"If you're breaking the law, if you're cheating, if you're doing anything to subvert the American values, we do want to throw you out of the country, and that should always be the way it is," Weiner said.

It sounds a lot like the argument some New Yorkers are making to get Weiner out of the race.

Meanwhile, AARP New York released a statement in response to Weiner's remarks.

The group says it found some of Tuesday's comments regarding age "unfortunate."

It went on to say, "A person’s age should not be a factor in politics, or anything else."

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