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Gov Candidates Boast about Debate Performace

Anita Kumar

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe didn't waste anytime bragging about their performances in the first gubernatorial debate yesterday.

The four likely candidates -- three Democrats and one Republican -- shared the stage for the first time at a debate yesterday afternoon, unofficially launching a yearlong campaign for the state's top job.

McDonnell (R) sent supporters an email, saying he "took the stage yesterday in Richmond outnumbered, but not outgunned."

"Over the course of the debate, McDonnell demonstrated that he is the only candidate running with the record, the ideas, the vision, and the leadership ability that Virginians look for in a Governor," the email said.

McAuliffe's wife, Dorothy, also sent out a fundraising email to supporters with the subject line "Good News."

"Terry will continue to tour the Commonwealth over the next few weeks, having a conversation with Virginians before he makes a final decision about whether to enter the race,'' she wrote. "I know that your support will make a big difference as he makes this choice. So if you believe he'll make a great governor, please donate $5 to let Terry know you're on board."

Both emails included links to various newspaper articles about the debate.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 3, 2008; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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