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Virginia's Gubernatorial Candidates Speak To Loudon Chamber Of Commerce

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The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce played host today to both candidates running for governor in Virginia.

The number one issue for both candidates today was transportation, and it's one of the issues they differ sharply on, especially when it comes to paying for it. Democrat Creigh Deeds says he'd consider new taxes if the legislature agreed.

"All funding options are on the table except for taking money from education and other general fund obligations," said Deeds.

Republican Bob McDonnell argued that that he’d consider using money from the general fund but not raising taxes. "I believe the general fund is for any purpose that the legislature says its for, transportation's a core function of government," said McDonnell.

Deeds said he wants a bipartisan commission to devise a comprehensive transportation funding plan to attract wide support. McDonnell says he has a plan that includes bonds and public-private partnerships.

Addressing a crowd of business people, both candidates brandished their pro-business credentials. McDonnell promised "to continue to find ways to reduce that regulatory burden, 'cause regulations don't get nearly enough scrutiny."

Deeds argued regulation was not the biggest threat to Virginia’s businesses. "Frankly I think the most important things we can do to improve the business climate in Virginia is to invest in transportation and to take a look at some of the shortcomings we have in our educational system," said Deeds.

The gubernatorial election is November 3rd.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports...

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