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Virginia Governor’s Debate: Terry McAuliffe – All Puppy, No Plan

Terry McAuliffe
Last night’s third and final Virginia gubernatorial debate, coming on the heels of the release of a new poll showing the race effectively tied, was a stark illustration of one of the key differences between the candidates.

While Ken Cuccinelli was sharp and focused on the issues and protecting the liberty of Virginians, Democrat Terry McAuliffe was all liberal platitudes and feel-good buzz lines.

In one of the better exchanges of the debate Cuccinelli nailed McAuliffe for has lack of specifics with these great lines: “You know, saying the words ‘education’ and ‘research,’ that’s all great — but those are goals, those are platitudes — they’re not plans,” Cuccinelli said of McAuliffe.

“I like those too. I like education. I like puppies. But … I don’t bring a puppy home if I don’t have a plan for how I’m going to deal with that puppy. Or guess what my house is going to look like.

“And he’s all puppy and no plans.”

And Cooch is right.

As he put it during the debate, “Terry McAuliffe literally did nothing for Virginia or Virginians before deciding to run for governor. Nothing,” Cuccinelli said. “Some people run to do something and some people run to be something.”

In the eyes of many observers one of the most powerful moments in the debate concerned guns.

As the Richmond Times Dispatch noted, McAuliffe supports universal background checks for the purchase of firearms, while Cuccinelli does not, favoring enforcement of existing laws and greater focus on improving mental health services.

Cuccinelli teed-up the exchange by observing that that McAuliffe received a grade of “F” from the National Rifle Association. 

McAuliffe dismissed the National Rifle Association “F” grade and concentrated (again) on his feel-good vision of a society where we will never “see another Newtown or Aurora or Virginia Tech [shooting] ever again. “

Cuccinelli agreed that “None of us want to see this again.” He said the question is “How do we make them as unlikely as possible? And I believe the most important thing we can do is be much more aggressive in addressing mental health needs across our society, because it’s nearly impossible to find the Cho before it happens,” he added, referring to Virginia Tech gunman Seung Hui Cho. “But we can find people who are suffering more from mental illness and help them along the way.”

The exchange on gun control was a stark reminder of just what is at stake in the Virginia governor’s race – the liberty of Virginians protected by Ken Cuccinelli vs. a nanny state on steroids run by Terry McAuliffe and enforced by an army of liberal bureaucrats in Richmond.

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