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Tonight, my husband and I watched the debate for the Virginia governor's race between Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli. I thought McAuliffe came off well and Cuccinelli looked like a little weasel.

If you missed it, you can watch the debate here:

Here's the transcript of the debate:

Also, take a look at Lowkell's blog on Blue Virginia:

Originally posted to JamieG from Md on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:02 PM PDT.

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  •  Thanks for this! n/t (7+ / 0-)

    It's not a question of whether our founding fathers are rolling in their graves but rather of how many RPM they're clocking.

    by Eyesbright on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:12:53 PM PDT

  •  Heard a bit of it on the radio tonight while (11+ / 0-)

    in the car.

    McAuliffe seemed to be be winning handily, but I am probably not able to be sufficiently objective on this one. So, I eagerly wait to hear the reactions of others.

    •  That's what I was thinking. (5+ / 0-)

      It's impossible for me to be objective, but McAuliffe seemed so much more on top of things.

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      by JamieG from Md on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:32:25 PM PDT

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      •  As a fellow Maryland Kossack, I prefer Dem policy (2+ / 0-)
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        There were contrasts being drawn Maryland and Virginia, and I much prefer Maryland's laws and policies -- so, I'm inclined to agree with what McAuliffe was selling, and oppose Cuccinelli's ideas. Having said that, I lived in Virginia when I went to law school 2 decades ago. I think Cuccinelli's performance would be much more appealing to the majority of Virginians.

        Even where Terry could have drawn the line effectively to make the case that Cooch's tax cuts will hurt mental illness services that Cooch says he favors, McAuliffe stumbled. He got around to making the point, but started by saying both agree that we need to help the mentally ill.  He could have pointed out that Cuccinelli's economic agenda is heh same tired vote-pandering Reagan and Bush tax cutting that has left the country deeply in debt. But, all he did was attack Cooch for not saying how he could make up the revenue.
        I wish he I could say that I liked what I heard from McAuliffe, but I didn't. He doesn't seem up to the job. I found myself wishing Moran had given it another run.

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        by FischFry on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:46:43 PM PDT

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        •  didn't hear the debate so can't comment on that (2+ / 0-)
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          micsimov, Dallasdoc

          but Virginia has changed in the last 2 decades. What might have gone over big back then would be much more controversial now. While it's still not blue like my lovely Maryland, it's definitely Bluish (shades of the Yellow Submarine).
          Still, I'm sad that a better Democrat didn't run. McAuliffe has never been a very appealing candidate.

          While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

          by Tamar on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:00:16 PM PDT

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    •  I listened on radio. Appalled by McAuliffe (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know how anyone listening to that debate thought  McAuliffe sounded plausible, much less good.

      I haven't lived in Virginia for 2 decades, but I would really have to think twice about voting for McAuliffe. The only thing he has going for him is he's not Cuccinelli and voting for him might mean stopping Cuccinello -- and, he didn't even do a good of making that case. When he was asked how Virginians could be happy for voting for him given ethical issues and McAuliffe's own openness to mixing business and politics, he had nothing to say other than attacking Cuccinelli's record with Star Scientific.

      Not that I would ever vote for someone with Cuccinelli's views and agenda, but I think he came off as by far the more convincing debater and the more plausible Governor.

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      by FischFry on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:35:07 PM PDT

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  •  this debate won't make a difference (2+ / 0-)
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    The Cooch came across as smoother and Terry was defensive about his tax returns. Cuccinelli made a big deal about TM being for gun control and the Cooch was spouting the old RW line against gay marriage,
    Pretty much a draw but Cooch may have had an advantage on debating points. Terry needs to highlight how nutty the Cooch is on social issues.

    •  Attack the Republican ticket for the nuts they are (4+ / 0-)
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      So far, from what I have seen of the campaign, the Democrats have played softball with just how nutty the republican ticket is - for fear, imo, of turning off voters - THAT WEREN'T GOING TO VOTE FOR THEM ANYWAY!!!

      I really was expecting a much better candidate in Terry than we have so far seen.

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      by josephk on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:50:36 PM PDT

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    •  The debate had me worried... (0+ / 0-)

      Not just about whether McAuliffe would win, but about whether there is a scandal and maybe even an indictment awaiting McAuliffe. I admit I don't diddley-squat about the allegations against the company Terry's involved in, but it felt like he's got something to hide and to worry about. Maybe that was Chuck Todd's intention, but McAuliffe didn't help himself avoid this impression.

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      by FischFry on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 09:06:00 PM PDT

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    •  I always thought McAuliffe was a weak candidate. (1+ / 0-)
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      If we lose, we gave it away, imv.

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      by Cpqemp on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 10:13:34 PM PDT

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  •  Did he ask the Republican.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ..if he believed in evolution? Science, it's there for the taking.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 10:11:49 PM PDT

  •  Not a "Greatest Moment in Democracy" Moment (0+ / 0-)

    Coo-Coo is a slimy little right wing nut job and Terry Mac is a smarmy, unprincipled Clintonista hack. In reality, neither of the candidates answered one question directly,being even more evasive and talking point robotic than we're familiar with on the national stage.
    This is truly a lesser of two evils race and while McAuliffe is pretty nigh worthless , he is not crazy, in contrast to Coo-Coo and his Bible thumping ,gay hating, gun loving, home schooling, abortion fixated, drooling disciples. Terry's rational stand on Medicaid expansion, standing alone, is enough for a vote.
    I'm taking three things with me to the polls: a Virginia driver's license, a clothespin for my nose, and a bottle of hand sanitizer to wipe my finger that touched Terry's name on the screen.

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