Three Jefferson-Jackson moments
Saturday night was the first opportunity for the three Democratic candidates for Governor to step out in front of their party faithful and demonstrate why they deserve to be the nominee.
In a night that was filled with speeches from party stars like Bill Clinton and Sen. Jim Webb, Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran were in large part an afterthought. While one of them will eventually benefit from the $700,000 the dinner raised, they each had the tall task of separating themselves from the pack, hoping to get a head start in what has the potential to be a tough primary.
I was not at the event, but watched the speeches back today and picked out three moments that I thought were the most meaningful in each of their presentations. Each one gives us a glimpse of the direction their campaigns could be headed and what we have in store leading up to June 9th.
Video from the clips I chose, along with their transcripts are after the jump.
Sen. Creigh Deeds-
If you want to stand up for opportunity for every single Virginian, If you want to be on the front lines in the fight for working families and the middle class, If you believe as I believe that the strength of this nation exists in the shopkeeper on main street, not the corrupt investor on Wall Street, than join this fight, join this campaign to move Virginia forward. God Bless you, thank you and God Bless the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Now let me say a few words about the other candidates in this race.
First, my Democratic friends. Creigh and Brian are good men, they are good Democrats, and they are great legislators. As I’ve said before – if you want a different approach, if you want someone who brings an executive style of leadership to the job, then I think I have something to offer. But I’m not going to say anything negative about Creigh or Brian. Because I fundamentally believe that any of the three Democratic candidates you hear from tonight will make a better Governor than Bob McDonnell.
Fighting for the minimum wage, Raising teacher pay, Expanding healthcare..
We need a fighter, not a fundraiser. (pause for cheers and jeers)In my 200,000 miles of travel across this Commonwealth, I have seen the faces and heard the stories of the teachers and their students… the nurses and their patients. I have fought for the high tech worker and the union laborer, alike. That is why Virginia needs a Governor who wakes up every morning to fight for them. We need a governor who cares more about the family dinner table than the corporate board room.