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Moderator Proves Tough in Salem

Rosalind Helderman

Moderator Jay Warren is tough on both guys tonight. Here's a rough exchange he had with Democrat Creigh Deeds, pushing him on his transportation plan.

Warren: "What tax would you see increase under creigh deeds?"

"What tax would you see increase under creigh deeds?" Deeds asked incredulously.
"I can answer that," McDonnell said, as the crowd laughed.

"No you can't," Deeds responded.

"What I've said is that anything that has a nexus to transportation," Deeds began.

"What does that mean? Sales tax on cigarettes? Alcohol?" Warren asked.

"Anything that has a nexus to transportation. Anything that involves all the people who use the transportation system, both people who live in state and out of state."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 20, 2009; 6:57 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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In order to determine way to save government spending, Creigh Deeds said he would open an Office for Efficiency . . . sounds like a Czar is Born ! ! !

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | October 20, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"Nexus to transportation" means gas tax. Funny he asserted an increase in the gas tax but would not rule out an increase in cigarettes and alcohol. So the "nexus to transportation" answer seems inoperative already.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 20, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

If Obama comes to stump for this Dud, Dirty Deeds, he's as dumb as I think he is..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 21, 2009 3:44 AM | Report abuse

Great Debate last night. Washingtonpost should learn from these moderators.

What kind of regional accent is that coming from Deeds? That throaty "Kah" sounds so German. Just came back from there so I can't help to notice this.

Posted by: binghe | October 21, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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