Televised Debates Loom Large in 5th District

October 5, 2010

With November's midterm elections less than a month away, Congressman Tom Perriello and his main challenger, State Senator Robert Hurt, are both making their final push for support from voters.

The most important events left on each candidate's agenda are the three televised debates in October. While most polls show Hurt in the lead, Perriello has been in this position before. He says the debates will be a chance for each candidate to explain his platform and distinguish himself from his opponent.

In Perriello's case, it's all about bringing jobs and economic development to central Virginia.

"I think it's all about jobs and economic development, as well as economic relief for working and middle class families. I think we've got a track record we want to talk about. We also have a vision for the future of starting to build, work and grow things in America again. Trying to re-build the middle class," said the Democratic incumbent.

Three debates are scheduled, but only one will be held in our area. That debate will be on Tuesday, October 19 at Piedmont Virginia Community College sponsored by the Charlottesville Newsplex and the League of Women Voters. The debate will be carried live on CBS19 and ABC16.

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