There has been plenty of negativity in the race for Governor and Thursday night at a tranquil forum at the University of Richmond, the attacks did not stop.
First- watch Terry McAuliffe slam Ken Cuccinelli's response to the Government shutdown, and Cuccinelli return fire.
Meanwhile, Cuccinelli wanted to make sure reporters saw this report the Providence Journal that quotes a former State Supreme Court Justice who, like McAuliffe was one of the investors in an investment scheme hatched by a one time McAuliffe campaign donor Joseph Caramadre.
Robert Flanders told the paper that the investors knew what Caramadre was up to and that there was nothing wrong with what he was doing.
“Yes," said Flanders. "Absolutely and there was nothing inappropriate about it.”
Cuccinelli claims that it shows that McAuliffe likely knew too.
McAuliffe flatly denied having any knowledge of Caramadre's scheme. He called himself a "passive investor".
Here is that exchange.
And that is just a taste of what this forum was like tonight. It was rough and tumble, just like the campaign.
Here is my story on the entire event for NBC12:
RICHMOND (WWBT)- The race for governor is now in its final stretch. There is less than a month to go and the candidates are beginning a serious push.
Thursday night, both Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe answered questions compiled by the University of Richmond college community. It was a serious forum-- the candidates were asked serious questions on a variety of big issues.
They answered them, but make no mistake the campaign never stopped
It was a pleasant setting and a polite crowd.
"Thank you so much for being here tonight we are glad to have this opportunity," said UR College President Ed Ayers, who hosted the discussion. The candidates were asked the same questions at different times.
But in a nasty race-- the candidates themselves still found ways to attack.
Cuccinelli used McAuliffe's former green car company GreenTech to criticize the Democat's business record.
"My opponent is the only candidate to drive jobs out of Virginia and he did it personally he did it himself," Cuccineli
McAuliffe returned fire with Cuccinelli's past statements on social issues.
"My opponent referred to gay Virginians as selfless and soulless human beings," McAuliffe said. "You can't build an economy with mean spirited language."
Afterward, the shots continued, Cuccinelli slamming McAuliffe's role with a Rhode Island con artist who swindled terminally ill patients.
"My opponent invested in people dying," he said. "I don't think the people of Virginia as they learn that are going to accept that in their governor."
McAuliffe said that he was a "passive investor" in Joseph Caramadre's scheme that landed the former donor to his campaign in prison. McAuliffe said he had no idea what Caramadre was up to.
McAuliffe meanwhile said that Cuccinelli is misleading his voters about his stance about abortion. During his remarks- Cuccinelli said he would support Medicaid funding for abortion in cases of rape or incest - McAuliffe showed a former web site from Cuccinelli's past senate campaigns that showed his position had changed.
"For him to stand on this stage and make a deliberate falsehood and mislead Virginia voters, is just plain wrong," McAuliffe said.
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