Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bob McDonnell Calls for 10 Debates – Roanoke on October 9

Formal Series of Debates to Run July 25th – October 20th

RICHMOND– Bob McDonnell, Republican gubernatorial nominee and former Attorney General of Virginia, today proposed a formal series of ten gubernatorial debates, taking place statewide, between himself and Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds. McDonnell proposes that the debates begin with the already agreed to Virginia Bar Association debate taking place in Deeds’ home county on July 25th, and conclude with a final debate at the Rotunda on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia on October 20th, exactly two weeks prior to Election Day. This proposal has been formally presented to the Deeds campaign in a letter from McDonnell Campaign Manager Phil Cox which was sent this morning.

Speaking about the invitation to Creigh Deeds to participate in ten formal debates focused on the pressing issues facing the citizens of the Commonwealth, McDonnell stated, “With unemployment over 7%, and Virginians facing significant challenges from job creation to transportation to education, we need a gubernatorial campaign focused on the issues. Virginians are tired of sound bite campaigns. They want to know where the candidates stand on the issues of today. And they want to hear this directly from the candidates. This series of ten gubernatorial debates statewide from July through October will reinvigorate political discourse in Virginia, and ensure that this race is marked by a serious discussion of the major issues facing the Commonwealth.”

McDonnell continued, “It would be an honor to travel the state from late July through late October debating Creigh on jobs, transportation, education, economic development, health care, the environment, public safety, taxes and spending in front of audiences in every region. I anticipate that each debate will be available to voters statewide online and through radio, print and television outlets. These debates would keep the focus of this campaign where it belongs: on the issues. I hope Creigh will agree that Virginians deserve to hear from the two candidates for Virginia’s highest office directly, and together, as often as is possible. I look forward to receiving Creigh’s positive reply to this proposal for a formal series of ten gubernatorial debates.”

In proposing this debate schedule the McDonnell campaign incorporated various invitations received in recent weeks. The campaign has not received a formal debate invitation from any organization in Southwest Virginia, but believes it is important the region play host to a debate as part of this series. Any organization wishing to host a Southwest Virginia debate is encouraged to submit a proposal to the McDonnell and Deeds campaigns.

The below proposed debate schedule is a suggestion of dates for this formal series of 10 debates. The McDonnell campaign will work with the Deeds campaign and all debate organizers to ensure that the dates, and locations, for the 10-debate series work for all parties.

The Virginia Bar Association Debate: July 25th – The Homestead Resort in Bath County – Confirmed

Cox Communications-Hampton Roads Debate:  August 5th -Cox Studios- Chesapeake

Southwest Virginia Debate: August 28th – Sponsor and Location TBD

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Debate: September 17th – Fairfax

Radio One/Richmond Crusade for Voters/The Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc/ Rho Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Community Forum Debate: on Richmond Radio Stations: WCDX 92.1FM, WKJM 99.3FM and WKJS 105.7FM (simulcast), WPZZ 104.7FM, WTPS AM 1240 – September 22nd – Radio One Studios- Richmond

CNN “State of the Union Virginia Governor’s Debate”: September 27th – CNN Studios- Washington D.C.

YouTube/Politico/WJLA Statewide Televised Debate: October 6th – WJLA Studios- Arlington

WSLS Statewide Televised Debate: October 9th – Roanoke

League of Women Voters/AARP/PBS/WTVR/WTKR/WDBJ Statewide Televised Debate: October 12th –Richmond

NBC 29/University of Virginia Center for Politics Statewide Televised Debate: October 20th – The Rotunda on the Grounds of the University of Virginia- Charlottesville

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics

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Comments (5)


July 1st, 2009 at 5:25 PM    

Not a good response from the Deeds campaign.


July 1st, 2009 at 6:50 PM    

Hope for another Blacksburg debate – should be Roanoke this time. Did you really expect Deeds to let McDonnell tell him what to do?


July 1st, 2009 at 8:08 PM    

No, but I expected a more intelligent response. He should have just said “we look forward to debating our opponent on the issues and bringing our message to the people of Virginia.” You nitpick details in the backroom, not your response press release. Made him look small time.


July 1st, 2009 at 8:18 PM    

We need debate in Roanoke – wonder who could host one …


July 2nd, 2009 at 9:13 AM    

WSLS has submitted a very solid proposal for a Roanoke debate. If a Roanoke debate happens it will almost certainly be a statewide televised debate, hosted by WSLS and moderated by Jay Warren. Likely to be similar to the Senate debate they did last year. If you think Roanoke needs a debate, I strongly encourage you to contact both campaigns and encourage them to accept WSLS’s proposal.

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