On any number of big issues in the race for Governor of Virginia there are clearly defined differences between Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D). Medicaid expansion is one of them.
Monday night, both candidates spoke before a large crowd at the Collegiate School in Richmond on the topic of mental health.
The forum, hosted by Voices for Virginia's Children and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia featured the candidates separately in a question and answer period. They questions were provided to the candidates.The big difference between the two came on Medicaid expansion as a part of the Affordable Care Act. McAuliffe spent most of his time reminding the crowd, which largely supported the concept, that he is in favor of the concept. Cuccinelli explained he was against expansion, but said that mental health services is one of the "few" areas he supports an increase in state funding.
I caught up with both candidates after the forum and learned more about their stance on the issue. Here is what they had to say: