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AG's Debate Going Forward

Rosalind Helderman

The first debate between attorney general candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Steve Shannon is going forward as planned tomorrow, despite some squabbling between the campaigns about debate rules that had threatened to derail the event.

Shannon's camp had wanted Cuccinelli to agree to a "no use" clause that would prohibit both sides from using video of the event on their websites or in campaign ads. Cuccinelli's camp didn't want to make that kind of deal.

We're told the candidates themselves stepped in and hammered out the deal: Both sides can post the debate on their sites and use clips from the debate, provided whole answers are used. No 3-second snippets allowed.

What's the upshot? Both sides will video the debate and post it quickly on their websites tomorrow. Good news for those unable to make it down to the 9:45 a.m. event.

UPDATE: Roman Levit of the Shannon campaign has called in to say their side never objected to posting the debate online--only to the use of debate snippets in campaign ads.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 19, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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