The final debate of the Virginia governor’s race is in the books. It’s unclear what, if any, impact the debate will have on the race over the next 12 days. There were no major missteps by either candidate, no rhetorical knockout punches thrown and no contest-shifting moments.
In many ways, it played out much like the last debate, a showdown in McLean where both candidates tried to brand themselves and dismiss the other man on the stage. Like the last event, Cuccinelli entered the debate lagging in the polls, so he went on the offensive and stressed his experience. And, like last time, McAuliffe painted himself as the cooperative, mainstream candidate.
On issues like gun control, job creation, energy and more, the two candidates reiterated stances they had made time and time again. The two issues that came up the most often were gun control, which made sense given that the debate was hosted by Virginia Tech, and job creation. The latter issue was named by both candidates as the issue they would like to be remembered for if they are elected.
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