Fact Checking Wednesday's Gubernatorial Debate


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe took to the stage Wednesday night in the second gubernatorial debate.

Both candidates brought up up Medicaid, same sex marriage and women's issues.

McAuliffe made the argument Cuccinelli is against women's rights and Cuccinelli said McAuliffe doesn't have enough experience for the job.

Wednesday night Cuccinelli made the statement, "I'm the only candidate who's gotten both of the major business endorsements so far in this race."

Which is true, when you look on both candidate websites.

McAuliffe has received endorsements from business leaders, but as of Thursday, McAuliffe received the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce endorsement.

McAuliffe also drew attention to the Governor's transportation plan when he said "[Cuccinelli] did not support the governor on the transportation, the bipartisan transportation bill."

But as political analyst Dr. Bob Roberts points out, both candidate exaggerated about each other.

"I would say [McAuliffe] exaggerated the most on if [Cuccinelli] is elected all those bad things are going to happen to women." said Roberts.

Cuccinelli made it known off the top that he wanted to try and make his political experience outshine McAuliffe.

"Governor is not a good entry-level job," said Republican Ken Cuccinelli during the debate.

McAuliffe called Cuccinelli's political experience into question.

"The only one on this stage that almost had that effected was Ken Cuccinelli. When he almost derailed the Virginia budget, when he was trying to defund planned parenthood," said McAuliffe during last night's debate.

Roberts points out Cuccinelli did try to defund planned parenthood, but McAuliffe's claim is slightly exaggerated.

"They almost didn't reach an agreement on the budget on this issue and in theory, if they didn't reach an agreement, it would have shutdown, but it never came to that," said Roberts.

Cuccinelli's campaign defended the attack in Wednesday's debate.

"No and that is a really interesting charge coming from someone who said no fewer than three times on video the he won't sign a budget without medicaid expansion," said Garren Shipley, a spokesman for the Cuccinelli campaign.

An issue brought up at the debate by Cuccinelli.

McAuliffe denied he ever said he wouldn't sign a budget without a medicaid expansion,but it was reported by several outlets including "The Washington Post."

We asked his campaign spokesman about the comment.

"You know he usually says please send me a budget that has it included. He may have phrased it slightly differently sometime," said Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for the McAuliffe campaign.

Either way, Roberts said both candidates did some research, but exaggerated any facts they shared on stage leaving room for you to judge the information you take to the polls.


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