The candidates for the post of governor dispute the debates
ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates will face off on many different issues by November. But right now, the debate is about – debates.
It’s a recurring theme in races across the state of Virginia.
And this year, Democrat Terry McAuliffe accuses Republican Glenn Youngkin of avoiding them.
“I did 150 interviews. I’ve done four statewide debates, ”McAuliffe told WDBJ7 Friday morning. “You are running for governor. Stand up and answer the questions. You know this is the most important job we have here.
Applicants received at least five invitations and McAuliffe accepted all of them. So far, the two campaigns have agreed to a single meeting, at the Applachian School of Law in Grundy, on a date to be determined.
Youngkin says his team is working to organize more.
“I can’t wait to really spotlight the distinct differences from the tired old politicians Terry McAuliffe is trying to recycle that didn’t work for Virginia last time around,” Youngkin told WDBJ7 on Friday afternoon. “And he’s trying to convince the Virginians that they’re going to work now.”
Virginia Tech professor and WDBJ7 policy analyst Bob Denton said a debate on the debates came as no surprise.
“That’s about how many do you have.” This is the location. It is about sponsorship. It’s about moderators and rules, ”Denton said. “And so, it is also very much a strategic decision, if it is necessary to debate. How many debates? Do you need to debate?
Ultimately, Denton said he would expect to see three debates, and possibly as soon as possible in the fall campaign.
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