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Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off

Anita Kumar

The four men vying to be Virginia's next governor shared the stage for the first time today, unofficially kicking off a yearlong campaign for the state's top job.

Democrats Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, Del. Brian J. Moran and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Robert M. McDonnell answered questions posed by journalists at a forum in downtown Richmond sponsored by the Associated Press.

The candidates staked out mostly predictable stances on issues and agreed that the economy will likely dominate the race and at least the start of the governor's four-year term. All four agreed that Virginia would have to continue cutting the budget but they ruled out raising taxes in a poor economy.

"The worst thing you can do is to tax your way to prosperity,'' McDonnell. "That's failed in the United States and abroad."

Voters will chose a Democratic presidential nominee June 9 in the party's first contested battle for the nomination for governor in more than two decades. McDonnell became the Republican nominee last month after no one else filed to run by the deadline.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 2, 2008; 3:12 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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How can this "journalist" say all four ruled out tax increases when two of the four specifically did not rule them out.

Per the Virginian Pilot:

Two of three Democrats likely to vie for governor next year on Tuesday declined to rule out increasing taxes if the state’s economic problems deepen.
“Everything should be on the table,” said Del. Brian Moran, D-Alexandria. His position was echoed by state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath

Even the AP refrains from saying they "ruled out" tax increases, instead reporting they simply would not commit to increases:
"But with the nation's economy now officially in a recession, none would commit to new taxes to pay for billions of dollars in unmet transportation needs."

And the post considers itself a "serious" newspaper, no wonder print is dying. or maybe cause the two candidates not ruling out tax hikes were Dems, the post swept that little nugget under the rug? this "blog" is exactly what is wrong with the mainstream media, they simply ignore what happened and report what they want

Posted by: muskratinator | December 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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