Creigh Deeds, Bob McDonnell Face-off in Televised Debate

By: John Rodgers Email
By: John Rodgers Email

October 13, 2009

Monday was a big night in campaign 2009. It was the first primetime, statewide televised debate between the candidates for governor, Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell. McDonnell entered Monday night's debate up in the polls.

Needing to make up some ground, Deeds once again pointed to McDonnell's graduate thesis, saying McDonnell was no friend to working women. McDonnell fired back, saying Deeds supports $1 billion in new taxes.

Another contested issue was transportation. McDonnell mentioned several plans to raise money, including bonding and using general fund revenue. Deeds countered by saying those plans would not work and that he intends to form a bipartisan commission the day after he is elected to tackle the transportation issue.

In the end, both men challenged the other's record and then talked up their own policies.

"He's been a supporter of higher spending, with over a billion dollars of new spending he proposed in the General Assembly last year. I think we need to make government simpler, more accountable, keep taxes low," said McDonnell.

"Legislator McDonnell never wrote a bill to expand an educational opportunity. He never wrote a bill to create a job; we face real challenges and Virginia needs a straight-talking governor who will address those challenges head on. I will govern in a bipartisan manner in the mold of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine," said Deeds.

Deeds and McDonnell will face off one more time before Election Day on November 3. The final debate is scheduled for October 20 at Roanoke College in Salem.

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