October 27, 2008
All eyes have been on this historic Presidential race and Virginia's role in the outcome. We're looking at another race in the Commonwealth. We spoke with Virginia's 7th District Congressional candidates.
Eric Cantor, the republican incumbent is running for reelection. Newcomer Anita Hartke, a Democrat from Culpeper, is trying to unseat him.
"What I hope is that we can earn reelection by the fact that my record matches the common sense conservative mood and mindset of the people in the 7th district of Virginia," Cantor says.
"People have realized that they are tired of politics as usual in Washington and we need to have a new direction and we do that by having new leaders," says Hartke.
Many people are nervous about their economic situation. Both candidates say they should be, but they can provide hope.
"It's just not right for people to have to hurt here when I know we have the intelligence and the capability to work together as Americans in that bipartisan way," says Hartke.
"Whether it is the lack of accountability in Washington, the lack of appropriate in oversight in what has gone on in our financial sector, the lack of transparency on Wall Street, all these things seem to really raise some concerns for all of us," Cantor says.
The two candidates have just a few days left to get their message out.
"I think what people want in Virginia and throughout the America is a federal government that works for them and its been seen that that is not the case," according to Cantor.
"I don't want to pass on to my children a damaged planet loaded with fiscal debt that they have to pay off and their grandchildren have to pay off," says Hartke.
Hartke says, Cantor has voted lock step with President Bush most of the time. Cantor says, George Bush is not running, John McCain is, and this election is going to be a referendum on who can best create a vision and a plan to create jobs in this economy.