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For Democrats: Three candidates, three distinct choices

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I had the rare opportunity today to interview all three Democratic candidates for Governor to get their take on the race before them. Former Del. Brian Moran, Sen. Creigh Deeds and former D.N.C. Chair Terry McAuliffe, while all Democrats, provide Virginia voters with very different choices.

This weekend marks an important stage in the race for the nomination as all three will speak at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the Richmond Convention Center. Former President Bill Clinton is the event’s keynote speaker.

You can see each of my interviews with the candidates, in their entirety, by clicking here:

You can see than transcript of my story by clicking here

In no particular order:

Sen. Creigh Deeds:
Among other things, Sen. Deeds points out the fact that he is the only candidate to have run statewide in Virginia. He is not concerned about polls that show him trailing or the fact that he has raised less money. He also wanted to make sure Virginians knew that Bob McDonnell has come out in opposition to the smoking ban.

Terry McAuliffe
As optimistic as always, McAuliffe attempts to make the case that it will be his ideas, not his money that will win the day in Virginia. He resists the temptation to attack his other Democrats, but makes the case that he is the best man for the job.

Former Del. Brian Moran
Moran told me that McAuliffe will have to spend quite a bit of money to rival his 20 years of experience. He also said that the former D.N.C. chair can spend as much as he would like, but it won’t scare him out of the race.

Written by Ryan Nobles

February 7, 2009 at 3:12 am

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