Candidates React to 5th District Debate

By: Jessica Jaglois Email
By: Jessica Jaglois Email

October 19, 2010

The capacity crowd at Piedmont Virginia Community College's Dickinson Auditorium was certainty animated during Tuesday night's Fifth District Congressional debate.

But how did the candidates think they performed in Charlottesville's only live debate? As the saying goes, you are your own worst critic, however that was not with either candidate.

"We stuck to solutions, we stuck to substance. I think we saw a lack of details from the other side," said Democratic incumbent, Tom Perriello.

"I was pleased with our performance tonight. It was fun to be on the receiving end of a very enthusiastic audience," said Republican challenger, Robert Hurt.

Perriello and Hurt were also each other's worst critic.

"We've been doing a lot of these [debates] that Senator Hurt has not shown up for, but tonight we were able to get him on a stage. I think what we saw was a lot of that flip-flopping on trade and tax increases and other things,” said Perriello, who is from Ivy.

"He hasn't looked after the people of the Fifth District. He's looked after Nancy Pelosi and what her agenda is, and I think that's why people have been disappointed in his time in Congress," said Hurt, a State Senator from Chatham.

Each candidate says they were pleased with the debate and their personal performance.

"I think we've got a good momentum going into November 2," said Hurt.

"Voters right now are worried. They want someone who has a plan and who gets it, and we're glad that we got to show that," said Perriello.

While each candidate though he performed well, not everyone in the audience left the PVCC campus pleased.

“Well Hurt, he didn't take the opportunity how he would address new problems, but rather went on to criticize Perriello,” said political activist, Peter Kleeman.

“They're both statements that we've heard from both candidates quite a bit, and I think at the end, we need to decide which means most to the Fifth District,” said WCHV talk radio host, Joe Thomas.

So, which candidate will come out on top? That answer will only come on November 2.

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