Gilmore is Against the Bailout
That was the lasting impression from tonight’s third and final U.S. Senate Debate from Roanoke, which was the only debate televised live statewide and on NBC12. Former Governor Jim Gilmore found a way to work every single question in the debate back to his opposition to the plan passed today by Congress and Former Governor Mark Warner’s opposition to it.
Gilmore was clearly looking for a way to stake his claim in front of the people of Virginia, in his one and only shot to be seen across the state face to face against the man he is trailing.
Warner for his part stuck to his main talking points and attempted to avoid making too much news. He batted back Gilmore’s barbs on the bailout plan and attempted to explain his support of the plan which he called “far from perfect.” You can see how our viewers reacted on our liveblog at decisionvirginia.com
The question after all of these debates is: will it have an impact? My guess is little if any and certainly not enough to dramatically change the direction of this race that Mark Warner has dominated.
I’ve included the spin from both campaigns post-debate after the jump.
October 3, 2008
For Immediate Release
THE CHOICE IS CLEAR: JIM GILMORE WHO FIGHTS FOR THE TAXPAYERS
OR MARK WARNER WHO WILL FIGHT FOR THE HIGH ROLLERS ON WALL STREET
Alexandria – Former Gov. Jim Gilmore, candidate for the Virginia U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. John Warner, said today in a debate with Mark Warner on statewide television the choice for Virginia voters in the November 4th election is clear — a U.S. Senator like Jim Gilmore who will fight for taxpayers and oppose federal government bailouts or a U.S. Senator like Mark Warner who will sell out the taxpayers for the high rollers on Wall Street.
“I am strongly opposed to asking America’s hard working families to cover the bets of the Wall Street high rollers and insiders who exploited flaws in government regulations to make personal fortunes and devastate our economy,” said Gilmore.
Throughout the debate Gilmore repeatedly pointed out how as a U.S. Senator he will stand up for regular Virginians who are struggling and how Mark Warner will instead protect the special interests on Wall Street, rather than the taxpayers.
“Requiring taxpayers to cough up $700 billion without providing them any additional assurances for their own financial security is wrong,” Gilmore added.
Gilmore said Mark Warner supported the costly bailout of Wall Street while simultaneously taking in almost $3 million in contributions from the Wall Street high rollers who benefit from the taxpayer bailout. (Click here to see)
“Maybe Mark Warner finds it easy to take more and more of the taxpayers’ money, but I do not,” Gilmore said. “We must restore accountability in Washington – and on Wall Street – so America’s taxpayers are protected and our economy prospers.”
This third Virginia U.S. Senate debate between former Gov. Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner took place in Roanoke, Virginia. Sponsored by NBC affiliate WSLS Channel 10, the debate was held at the Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke and was moderated by WSLS news anchor and political reporter Jay Warren. The debate was broadcast live on television stations statewide.
Democrats Call on Gilmore to Reveal Secret Plan to Save Economy
Gilmore Desperately Attacks on Economic Stabilization and Recovery Bill, but Still Offers no Solutions
ROANOKE – U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gilmore spent Friday’s debate desperately attacking Mark Warner on the recently enacted economic stabilization and recovery bill, which was supported by President George Bush, Sen. John McCain and Sen. John Warner.
But earlier this week, Gilmore couldn’t provide any details on how he would fix the economic mess, telling the Virginian Pilot that he wasn’t prepared to discuss his ideas.
“[Gilmore] said he has some ideas about what might work, however, he’s not ready to discuss them in detail,” the Pilot reported on Monday, September 29. (http://hamptonroads.com/2008/09/candidates-gilmore-warner-clash-approach-bailout)
The Democratic Party of Virginia called on Gilmore on Friday to reveal his secret plan to fix the U.S. economy.
“Jim Gilmore had plenty of desperate partisan attacks tonight, but he failed to offer any alternative to fix the economic mess that is hurting Virginia’s families,” said Jared Leopold, Communications Director for the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Coordinated Campaign. “If Jim Gilmore has a secret plan to save the economy, now’s the time for him to share it.”
Gilmore’s desperate attacks come one day after Mark Warner announced the endorsements of 600 locally elected officials, nearly half of whom are Republicans or independents.
On Friday night, Gilmore struck a familiar partisan and often desperate tone in the third and final debate with Mark Warner, hosted by WSLS at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.
“All we heard from Jim Gilmore tonight was more Washington-style attacks and name calling, but no viable answers to the challenges facing America,” Leopold said. “We need a Senator who will work across party lines for common-sense solutions, instead of being yet another hyper-partisan in Washington.
“The financial crisis of the past few weeks and Washington’s struggle to address these serious problems demonstrate why Mark Warner is the best choice for Virginia voters this November 4. We need a Senator who actually knows how to read a balance sheet and can bring Republicans and Democrats together to balance a budget in a fiscally responsible manner. That’s why Democrats, Republicans and Independents are lining up behind Mark Warner’s common-sense solutions.”