Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off
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.
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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