Democratic Candidates for Governor Square Off

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

May 19, 2009

Taking the stage at Northern Virginia Community College were Democratic candidates for governor. Brian Moran, Creigh Deeds, and Terry McAuliffe made their case. All agreed in investing in education to help the economy, and on the need for alternative energy. But the candidates did make efforts to draw distinctions with their rivals.

"I'm the only candidate running for governor that refuses to take a dollar from Virginia Power or their pack," said McAuliffe.

"You know I hear from him all the time about not accepting Dominion's money but that doesn't prevent him from going to Tom Capps' house, Tom Capps is the former president of Dominion, and having a fundraiser. I mean it's a little duplicitous to talk like that Terry," said Deeds.

"I was at his house but he didn't write a check," said McAuliffe.

Moran and McAuliffe clashed over payday lenders.

"You said 'yeah we should shut them down' but the question I would then ask is why then did you vote to bring predatory lending here to Virginia, and you have taken tens of thousands of dollars from payday lenders. My question is how do you reconcile that," said McAuliffe.

"Absolutely Terry and I don't have time to teach you the legislative process, nor do Virginians have time for you to learn," said Moran.

Deeds and Moran disagreed over off shore drilling.

"And I am the only one who opposes off shore drilling," said Moran.

"And I don't believe that any means towards achieving independence should be taken off the table until the science takes it off the table and that includes off shore drilling," said Deeds.

The primary is set for June 9th.

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