McDonnell, Deeds spar in Northern Virginia debate

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

FAIRFAX, VA (WWBT) - Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds met in their second debate of the campaign season today at a debate hosted by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. The debate was moderated by the host of Meet the Press, NBC's David Gregory.

The candidates battled over taxes, transportation and federal issues like the controversial legislation called "cap and trade."

As expected, McDonnell was forced to answer pointed questions about a controversial masters thesis that he wrote close to 20 years ago. Deeds charged that the paper, filled with conservative rhetoric, matches the candidate's legislative record.

McDonnell responded by saying that Deeds is distorting the facts and that voters need to look no further than his immediate family to find examples of his support for working women and families.

Deeds was put into a difficult position when asked about his support of Barack Obama. Deeds who has held a rally with the President and has received fundraising assistance from him refused to call himself a "Barack Obama Democrat."

Later when asked by Gregory if some of the growing opposition to the President is based on race, Deeds said that he believes there is a "hint of racism" based in some of the opposition.

NBC12's Ryan Nobles was at the debate and helped to moderate a liveblog on

Nobles will have a complete recap starting on First at Four. He will also post extended clips from the action later on his political blog,

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