Transcript: Sept. 25 Virginia gubernatorial debate

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TERRY MCAULIFFE:
19:11:22:00: Well, I’ve spent a lot of part of my life — volunteerin’ in politics. I’m committed, passionate. As I say, I started my first business at a very young age, was successful in business. I want to bring that business experience. Met a lot — awful lot of folks. But listen, I have — stand by everything that I have done in my life. I’m very proud of my accomplishments.

19:11:40:00: As I say, Dorothy and I decided to move to Virginia about 21 years ago, because we knew this was the best place that we could raise our family. But there’s a difference when the attorney general who’s in the middle of the Star Scientific scandal. I mean, the same gentleman who gave all the gifts to the governor, gave my opponent $18,000 worth of gifts. Star Scientific, they owe Virginia about $1.7 million.

19:12:03:00: And instead of takin’ him to court, Ken was bein’ taken to trips to New York City. He was — got a $1,500 turkey dinner. I said, “That’s a lot of turkey.” And he was (UNINTEL) his house, (UNINTEL) Mountlake house. We were owed — the taxpayers of Virginia were owed that money. And instead of goin’ and collectin’ what was our money, my opponent was actually taking gifts from this gentleman —

CHUCK TODD:
19:12:23:00: All right.

TERRY MCAULIFFE:
19:12:23:00: —and he was buyin’ stock and he wasn’t disclosin’ it. That’s —
19:12:26:00
(OVERTALK)

CHUCK TODD:
19:12:26:00: We’re gonna get — we’re gonna — we’re gonna get to that. Mr. Cuccinelli, I want to — go — a 90-second question to you. The — the — the second official question here. This — talk about the stereotype that’s been painted of you. That you’ll use your governorship to push a social agenda on abortion, gay rights, even — on climate change. That you would be a governor simply for conservatives. And that you will not — consider those who are liberals or moderates in you governing. Your response to this stereotype —

KEN CUCCINELLI:
19:12:50:00: Sure —

CHUCK TODD:
19:12:50:00: —that’s been painted?

KEN CUCCINELLI:
19:12:52:00: I — I think that one of the best responses to this is the broad array of support that we’re getting from Democrats, Independents, and bipartisan groups like the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech PAC up here in Northern Virginia, the small businesses across Virginia, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Farm Bureau, the police.

19:13:09:00: We’re getting a broad array of support across Virginia, because I’ve put forward well-thought-out plans that start with an understanding of how Virginia government works. And that we can use those plans forward, because people can look at my record and see that what I campaign on is what I pursue.

19:13:28:00: And as attorney general, right here in Fairfax County, fighting back against overreaching regulations on a bipartisan basis with the Fairfax Board, we saved Fairfax County taxpayers and Virginia taxpayers about $250 million. Look, I believe — I have some basic beliefs that are fundamental to me. But overwhelming proportion of my time as attorney general has been spent moving Virginia forward economically and protecting liberty and our constitution.

19:13:56:00: That’s something you can continue to expect from me as your next governor. You know, the comparison here is someone who has told the New York Times, you know, “You help me, I help you. That’s politics,” talking about a case where he was an unindicted coconspirator in a teamsters election money laundering case. I mean, if — if Terry’s elected governor. We’re gonna have to change the state motto from “Sic Semper Tyrannis” to “Quid Pro Quo.” And just today in the Washington Post, they have an article — they have an article about how his higher ed policy changed on a dime when he got certain support. Some of them —

CHUCK TODD:
19:14:35:00: All right —

KEN CUCCINELLI:
19:14:36:00: —Republican. You know, that kind of trading off without thinking through the policies in — particularly in an area that’s gonna make colleges less available to Virginians —
19:14:45:00
(OVERTALK)

CHUCK TODD:
19:14:45:00: Thank you, Mr. — we had a bit of an error there. I know that you followed the rules that were — you followed the time that was on your table there. But — yeah, you actually got a little more time. So you’ll get about 95 seconds — Mr. McAuliffe to respond.

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