WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:
“I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepar
Brian Moran, Craigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe Debate at William & Mary
UPDATE: Streaming failure corrected just in time to hear candidates question each other and their closing remarks. Excuse the crudeness of the video with twhirl popping up and screen saver came on once.
Thanks to Vivian Paige on twitter (vpaige using #VAGOV) who is physically present at the debate at William & Mary today we are getting some instant responses from McAuliffe, Moran, and Deeds. The live streaming failed HERE or at best was sporadic with a few sound bites. Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC was the moderator.
The next Democratic Gubernatorial debate closest to Roanoke will be at Virginia Tech on April 29th at 7:30 PM. It will be very interesting to see how it goes with Ben Tribbet of Not Larry Sabato, The Huffington Post, Fire Dog Lake and the Collegiate Times hosting the event.
All three candidates in today’s debate support the death penalty. Terry McAuliffe responds to the “carpetbagger” accusation by saying “if birth is a criteria then vote for Deeds.”
Brian Moran was the only Democratic candidate to go out on a limb and advocate for repeal of the Marshall-Newman Amendment to the Virginia Constitution. The amendment defines marriage solely between a man and a woman and bans any recognition of legal status for same sex unions. Marshall-Newman was passed by 57% of the voters in November, 2006.