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Democratic Candidates for Governor Debate

May 19, 2009

(AP) - Three Democrats running for governor of Virginia agree on the need for alternative energy, but clash over who's taking money from those who provide energy now.

State Senator Creigh (Cree) Deeds said at a Tuesday debate it's disingenuous for rival Terry McAuliffe to eschew donations from the state's biggest utility but take cash from its executives.

McAuliffe has said he has never taken money from Dominion Power, but the utility's retired chairman, Tom Capps, hosted a fundraiser for him, Deeds said.

McAuliffe countered that Capps never wrote him a check, but the Virginia Public Access Project says the former chairman made a $2,500 donation to McAuliffe in March.

Democrats will choose on June 9 between McAuliffe, Deeds and Brian Moran.

The event at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus was sponsored by the Washington Post and News Channel 8.

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