Live Blog: From the Washington Post Debate, Part II
Still with us? We're live in Annandale at the Washington Post debate.
2:57 p.m.: And that's it folks. Thanks for joining us.
2:56 p.m.: This debate it's Deeds with a more negative closing. Virginians don't want a governor who stands with Donald Trump and Wall Street (that's Terry) or a governor who stands with lobbyists under federal investigation. (that's moran)
2:53p.m.: Moran thanks the Washington Post. No, Brian, thank you. His closing is about his record--he's got a record of working to help people and that's what he would bring to the governor's mansion. This is a very different closing than his one at the last debate hosted by Virginia bloggers--much more about himself, much less about McAuliffe. (Maybe he's already hit those points in a debate that's focused a lot on McAuliffe.)
2:52 p.m.: Closing statements. McAuliffe says read his business plan. He's a candidate who will shake things up.
2:50 p.m.: McAuliffe says other states do these things. A good line from McAuliffe: You shoot for the moon. John Kennedy didn't say we're taking the rocket halfway to the moon.
2:48 p.m.: Deeds puts on his glasses to question McAuliffe. Can you afford all the promises you've made--you've promised teacher's car loans, student loans, home loans. You've promised to make Virginia the film capital of the country. You've promised Martinsville a new high school gym. And those are just the promises you've made in public. (Ouch.) Can you afford this?
2:45 p.m.: Harshest line of the debate: Moran to McAuliffe--"I don't have time to teach you the legislative process and Virginians don't have time for you to learn." This is about pay day lending and a 2002 bill that Moran voted for to regulate pay day lending that ended up allowing them to flourish. Line draws groans from the crowds.
2:43 p.m. Now each candidate gets to ask each other a question. Moran is questioning McAuliffe's job creating record. 100,000s of jobs? What about global crossing? How can you say you're running a credible campaign on this? McAuliffe says that's a personal attack and he lets his record stand. This has been a running debate on the trail for the last few weeks. Not sure we're coming to a conclusion on it today.
2:41 p.m.: A real substantive difference between our candidates! Deeds reiterates he thinks we can drill for oil, if we can find a way to protect water tourism. He says we can't take anything off the table--noting alternative energy solutions are a way off.
2:39 p.m.: We're talking oil drill--Deeds says he could be for it if Virginia gets royalties--a big process--and if it could be made environmentally sound. Moran says he's opposed. McAuliffe says he supports drilling for natural gas but not oil.
May 19, 2009; 2:39 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe
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