Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cuccinelli/McAuliffe debate will be streamed live Saturday

Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli will debate at the Homestead Saturday.

Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli will debate at the Homestead Saturday.

The potential audience for the July 20 debate between the major party candidates for Virginia governor just got much bigger said a press release from the VGA.

The Virginia Bar Association and sponsor firms LeClairRyan, MercerTrigiani, Sensei Enterprises Inc. and Spotts Fain PC, along with PBS, will present the debate live through Internet streaming on Candidates Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican, and Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat, will meet face-to-face from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Judy Woodruff, co-anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” will moderate.

The debate will be streamed on the “PBS NewsHour” UStream channel, found at The channel has nearly 30,000 followers and has been viewed 21 million times. Additionally, the channel is embeddable, and available on more than 20 websites of public media stations across the country.

The debate, held during the VBA’s statewide summer meeting at The Homestead (now The Omni Homestead Resort) in Hot Springs, offers the first time the public will be able to see the major party candidates on stage together.

“For 125 years, the VBA has been committed to serving the public and the legal profession,” said Thomas R. Bagby, president of the voluntary organization of Virginia lawyers and judges. “Live streaming this debate helps to fulfill that commitment by expanding the potential audience and informing voters.”

The tradition of VBA-sponsored debates among candidates for statewide political office extends back more than 25 years. By sponsoring debates, the VBA seeks to educate members and the public about candidate views on issues and to stimulate voter interest and participation in the election process.

This year’s debate will mark the second time the VBA has presented its debate live via the Internet. The first time occurred with the 2009 VBA debate between Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds in their race for Virginia’s governor.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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