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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.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  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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Way to duck the Global Crossing question there Terry. Your an honest business man just like Hillary was an honest investor when she made 10x's her investment while everyone else lost money in the pork bellies market.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | May 19, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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