ANNANDALE, Va. (WHSV)-- The following statement was released by Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis on Jul. 26:
"I’ll leave it to the pundits and partisans to argue about who won today’s debate, but I can tell you who lost--the Virginia voters.
Most Virginians weren't tuning in to a livestream of a debate taking place in another state, but those who were, and those who will read about it online or in tomorrow's newspapers, aren't coming away able to make an informed choice about who to support.
Both candidates offered little more than spin, prepared talking points, and personal attacks, without offering substantive discussion on vital issues like the $17 trillion national debt or tax and entitlement reform.
There is zero daylight of difference between Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie on civil liberties and mass surveillance, but Virginia voters won't know that from the debate because those issues didn’t even come up. I'm the only candidate in the race even talking about these issues, and I'm the only candidate in the race who will fight to protect liberties.
Perhaps the largest section of the debate was spent on foreign policy, even though Warner and Gillespie disagreed on little. That’s time that would have been better served for Virginia voters hearing from another candidate challenging the hypocrisy and spin from both candidates on stage.
A recent poll showed that 68 percent of Virginians say our country is on the wrong track. They deserved a better debate than what Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie gave them. Make no mistake, a vote for either is a vote to keep America on the wrong track.”
The video Sarvis released is available at the link on the sidebar of this story.