Virginia Gubernatorial Contenders Square Off In First Debate On Saturday | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Gubernatorial Contenders Square Off In First Debate On Saturday

Play associated audio
Are you ready to rumble? Verbally, that is.
Gage Skidmore:
Are you ready to rumble? Verbally, that is.

Virginia's gubernatorial contenders have spent plenty of time sniping at each other on the campaign trail, but this weekend they'll get a first shot to snipe at each in person.

Republican contender Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic hopeful Terry McAuliffe will take part in a 90-minute debate on Saturday hosted by the Virginia Bar Association and the PBS Newshour. The debate will be the first of at least five face-to-face meetings; Cuccinelli originally challenged McAuliffe to 15 debates, but McAuliffe agreed to only one-third that amount.

The debate comes in the wake of two polls showing McAuliffe taking a narrow lead in statewide polls and collecting more campaign contributions throughout June.

One gubernatorial contender who won't be included is Robert Sarvis, who will appear on the November ballot as a libertarian. He recently polled at seven percent statewide; debate organizers said they would limit the debates to candidates receiving at least 15 percent statewide support.

The Roanoke Times has taken issue with Sarvis' exclusion, writing in an editorial today third-party candidates "offer fresh perspectives and challenge the status quo."

The debate, which will last 90 minutes, will be live-streamed here.


A Short List Of The Best 'Longform' Journalism Of 2014

Editors at Longform read hundreds of print and online journalism pieces each year. Co-founder Max Linsky talks to Audie Cornish about highlights from 2014, from literary stalwarts and upstarts alike.

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.

2014 Hashtags: #MuslimApologies Grew Out Of Both Anger And Whimsy

Maha Hilal helped launch #MuslimApologies partly as a rebuttal to the more earnest hashtag, #NotInOurName. She tells Audie Cornish how it reflects a divisive conversation in the Muslim community.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.