Perriello, Hurt to Face Off in Charlottesville Debate

By: Jessica Jaglois Email
By: Jessica Jaglois Email

October 18, 2010

Whether they're cheering on Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello's bid for re-election or rooting for Republican challenger Robert Hurt to take the seat, there will be plenty of excitement in the Dickinson Auditorium for Tuesday's 5th District debate at Piedmont Virginia Community College at 7pm.

With preparations in the final stages for Charlottesville's only live, televised debate, Reporters from the New York Times and Japan's largest newspaper have already requested press credentials.

Many questions, however, are still unanswered. Can Perriello defend his seat? Will the early polls that show Hurt in the lead prove to be prophetic?

Hurt made a campaign stop in Albemarle County Sunday afternoon for the county's annual GOP picnic. He thanked volunteers for their hard work and discussed how he thinks Tuesday's debate will be different from the one held last week in Roanoke.

"I think people were frustrated at the fact that it was a very short period of time that we had together. I look forward to more time with Congressman Perriello so people can see the true differences between our campaigns," he said.

Candidates will also have to answer questions submitted by local viewers. Larry Saunders asks this of Perriello:

"The health care law is expected to cut billions from Medicare. Were you aware of this when you signed the bill? And if so, what was your reasoning?"

And Nana Ghartey asks this of Hurt:

"Is it true that you voted against minimum wage and accepted a pay increase for yourself?"

If you would like to submit a question to one or both candidates, email it to

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