October 23, 2006
The Fifth District Congressional Candidates took the Liberty University stage and wasted no time getting to the issues. Democratic Candidate Al Weed fired first, taking on Republican Incumbent Virgil Goode and his parties stance on the War in Iraq.
"I would have voted against going to War in Iraq. There was never a strategy. There was never a plan. We have a disaster in Iraq today and the Republican administration is entirely responsible for it," Weed said.
"I hope that the United States could reasonably and responsibly withdraw from Iraq in a way that is in the best interest of the United States," Goode said.
The candidates also took on the economy, especially the question of alternative energies. Independent candidate Joseph Oddo said the United States dependence on foreign oil is destroying the economy.
"Our dependence on foreign oil needs to stop by expanding solar, wind, bio-fuel energy fuel sources and to quit subsidizing the oil and gas industries in Congress," he said.
At the end, Goode highlighted his record on the issues while Weed pointed to himself as a candidate of change.
"That is the kind of example that is needed in the House of Representatives and that is the kind of example that I set," Goode said.
"You have heard very different visions for our region. One is rooted in the failed ways of the past and one is focused on a positive change for the future," Weed said.
In a poll taken by Survey USA nearly two weeks ago, Goode held a substantial 16 point lead. However, that is slight improvement compared to a poll in July that showed Goode with a 24 point lead.