State Comptroller Dan Hynes criticized Bush's push to conserve marriage, saying it doesn't make sense when some Americans can't put food on the table.
Former Chicago schools chief Gery Chico touted his accomplishments on education. State Senator Barack Obama cited his achievements in the Legislature.
Joyce Washington talked about her experience as a health care executive. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas boasted that she had brought efficiency to her office, and radio talk show host Nancy Skinner declared that her media experience would be an advantage.
The debate was sponsored by the City Club of Chicago.