Candidates For Governor Clash At Debate

By: Liz Palka Email
By: Liz Palka Email

April 19, 2009

Three candidates, one nomination. That is the reality facing Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. The three met face-to-face Sunday afternoon for their first debate.

The three Democratic candidates for governor faced off at the College of William & Mary Sunday. One of the oldest colleges in the country, William & Mary is often called the alma mater of the nation, due to its ties to our founding fathers and Williamsburg's connections to the Commonwealth's history.

The candidates focused on the future, not the past.

"The next issue is energy technology. It's going to drive the economy for a hundred years. We need to be on the cutting edge. We can be the leader," said Senator Creigh Deeds.

Job creation, transportation and gay marriage were all hot topics. However, the three candidates did not really break new ground.

"We need to put people back to work, weatherizing our homes and retro-fitting our buildings," said Brian Moran.

All three candidates took jabs at their Republican opponent, Bob McDonnell.

"Thank goodness for Governor Warner and Governor Kaine. If Bob McDonnell wants to bring up those points, I'll bring up the name Jim Gilmore because Bob McDonnell has supported him on every single initiative," said McAuliffe.

Early polling shows the Democrats have some catching up to do. Rasmussen numbers released last week have McDonnell polling double digits ahead of Deeds, McAuliffe and Moran in hypothetical match-ups.

"With transportation, the $125 million we should have accepted from the Federal Government, that's going to go somewhere else and that's unacceptable. That's why we need to defeat Bob McDonnell," said McAuliffe.

The topic of transportation created a stir among Deeds, Moran and McAuliffe.

"Let's get that money. Let's start high speed rail from northern Virginia to Richmond to Hampton Roads. We can take 1.1 million cars off the road," said McAuliffe.

The candidates hope the points they made at Sunday debate will have an impact on voters come the June 9th primary.

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