RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It was the last time the two candidates for governor will appear together on the same stage. Republican Bob McDonnell and democrat Creigh Deeds made their final arguments to voters tonight.
Even though it was their last debate, the candidates did not stray much from their standard tested, talking points. It left debate, with few fireworks that will probably change few minds. Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell spent tonight painting the same picture of their opponent that they started when they campaign began.
Like this exchange on transportation.
"The Washington Post says that I've got the only honest approach to transportation and they say that Mr. McDonnell's plan is bogus," said Creigh Deeds.
Jay Warren: "What tax would we see increased under Creigh Deeds?"
Creigh Deeds: "What tax would you see increased under Creigh Deeds?"
Bob McDonnell: "I can answer that."
Creigh Deeds: "No, you can't Bob."
But while the candidates offered little if anything new on the same issues they've debated for almost 6 months, it was issues that divide their base from independent voters where they ran into trouble. Like Bob McDonnell and abortion.
Jay Warren: "Is there one instance where abortion should be legal in your view?"
Bob McDonnell: "Well I am going to follow the law Jay, the law is very clear on when it should be allowed."
And Creigh Deeds and the implementation of the so called public option in health care reform.
"I don't think the public option is necessary in any plan and I think Virginia, I would certainly consider opting out if that were available to Virginia," said Deeds.
And with that the debates in campaign '09 have ended, leaving the candidates less than two weeks to make their closing arguments to voters. If you'd like to see extended clips and vote in our online poll go to Decision Virginia. The link is to the right of the article.