Update: The entire debate video has been added to the post.
Former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell and Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds sat down for a one-on-one live televised debate last night from Richmond, Virginia. Having watched it fully, Deeds fell far short of appealing to voters with anything new or filling in any gaps in his missing policies concerning transportation funding.
Here is the full McDonnell/Deeds debate video from WTVR:
Here’s a video recap from MyFOXDC:
A story on it from WTVR:
RICHMOND – With three weeks until election day candidates Bob McDonnell camed armed and ready to Monday nights debate. The People’s Debate was designed to focus on issues important to Virginia voters, but the candidates spent a good deal of the evening attacking one another.
“I just heard him restate a lie just now. I’ve not proposed a billion dollars in tax increases,” said Deeds.
Deeds referenced what he called McDonnell’s dishonesty more than once in the debate, but when the subject of women in the workplace surfaced McDonnell turned the attack in the other direction.
“Attacking me for not supporting women…that’s just not true,” said McDonnell.
The two did manage to share their positions on issues like higher education reform and transportation.
“My plan will generate a billion four, his plan doesn’t have a dime for transportation funding that’s the truth”, said McDonnell.
Deeds countered, “His laundry list of funding proposals the Washington Post calls phony baloney.”
Both candidates told reporters they were pleased with their performance in the debate. However, Deeds accusations of McDonnell for lying did resurface in the post debate comments.
“I found that below the dignity of a gubernatorial campaign for Creigh to say that. I’m sure he’s not happy he said that tonight,” said McDonnell.
Deeds admitted that the charge may have been a bit strong for the event but stands by his comment.
“Maybe that’s too strong of a word for a debate format but you know he’s a one trick pony and he keeps telling the same untruths,” said Deeds.
McDonnell did very well, staying on his consistent campaign message and didn’t appear to lose any ground to Deeds on any topic discussed. Deeds simply sounded as if he wasn’t able to articulate his plans fully, perhaps either succumbing to pressure or he truly does not have a well-thought policy platform he’s running on.