Sunday, July 14, 2013

The “debate war” continues as Cuccinelli proposes seven new ones

Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli

In a press release Attorney General and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli issues seven debate challenges to his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe. He proposes one at Virginia Tech hosted by Roanoke’s WDBJ7. 

Cuccinelli said he was particularly frustrated with McAuliff’s “recent decision to go up with the first negative TV ads of the campaign.”

He said that the seven additional debates will give Virginians a chance to hear both candidates make their cases directly. “Whether or not my opponent accepts my new challenge, I’m looking forward to holding free and open town hall meetings in every part of Virginia, beginning tomorrow night in Virginia Beach.”

Both campaigns have already accepted the Virginia Bar Association debate and the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce/NBC4 debate. Included below Cuccinelli says are details of the debates his campaign have already accepted and the McAuliffe campaign has not. The Attorney General is proposing seven new debates in addition to the two debates

Cuccinelli turned down invitations to debates that McAuliffe accepted with the AARP and the League of Women Voters. The two groups have sponsored debates together in the 2009 governor’s race and 2012 U.S. Senate race. They have sponsored other debates separately going back more than a decade.

Hampton Roads

  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Hampton University

Southside Virginia

  • Sorenson Institute/WSET Debate

Roanoke

  • Virginia Tech/WDBJ7 Debate

Peninsula

  • Daily Press/Christopher Newport University Debate

Southwest Virginia

  • TBD

Metro Richmond

  • TBD

Rural Virginia Debate

  • Cuccinelli for Governor campaign will let Terry McAuliffe pick the location

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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