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CHUCK TODD:
19:19:44:00: Time’s up. Thank you, Mr. McAuliffe.

TERRY MCAULIFFE:
19:19:44:00: —it’s like me saying I came here on a unicorn. There’s just —
19:19:47:00
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CHUCK TODD:
19:19:47:00: Mr. Cuccinelli, you got 90 seconds to respond.

KEN CUCCINELLI:
19:19:50:00: Well, it’s hard to find inefficiencies in a government you don’t understand. And Terry McAuliffe doesn’t know how Virginia government works. He doesn’t understand the issues related to Virginia government. He can talk at this topline level like anybody could if they read a few talking points. But he doesn’t know how Virginia government works.

19:20:10:00: This came out in the NVCC Tech PAC interviews. And it wouldn’t have if he didn’t try to bully them out of their endorsement. But he did. And so there was reporting on it. And people noted that I understood the issues and he didn’t. I want some the serious candidate when it came to the subject matters that mattered to them. And Terry wasn’t.

19:20:29:00: If you don’t start with that fundamental baseline knowledge, you don’t have an easy time finding inefficiencies. Folks, governor is not a good entry-level job. But that’s what it would be for Terry. And I already know what works well. And there are things that work very well in Virginia government. And there’s plenty of ‘em. But there are areas where we need to do much, much better.

19:20:52:00: Now I would point to Medicaid. Not the expansion, Medicaid itself. One of the biggest parts of our budget. We’re one of the best health care fraud fighting — offices in the whole country is my office. I’ve learned an awful lot about how Medicaid works and doesn’t. And we can do a whole lot better, just to talk about one area, to make it more efficient, to make it serve Virginia’s poor better than it does today. But I’m the only one prepared to do that and who has a plan —

CHUCK TODD:
19:21:21:00: Okay, that’s time.

KEN CUCCINELLI:
19:21:22:00: —that balances the budget.

CHUCK TODD:
19:21:23:00: When — when you get your six-second response, Mr. McAuliffe, you didn’t give us a price tag. Why can’t you — you’ve been runnin’ for governor for four years. Why can’t you give us a price tag on what you want to — what spending you want to expand? What’s the price tag?

TERRY MCAULIFFE:
19:21:32:00: Well, I’ll — I’ll tell you what I’d love to spend it on. But — first of all, I — I want pre-K, early childhood development. I think that’s very important. I talk about what we need to do on teacher pay. We need accountability. I’ve called for a total reform of the SOLs. They don’t work in their present form. We don’t have accountability.

19:21:48:00: Our students are being taught to memorize. Teachers are being taught to take tests and how to give tests. That’s — that’s not right. That’s not how you build the cognitive mind, creative reasoning. We need to be involved in the process early to make sure that we have progress-based data, not these memorization tests.

19:22:05:00: I talk about the community colleges. We need to invest. But Chuck, the key is going to be the Medicaid expansion. I have said this. My opponent doesn’t want it. I want it. And it’s bipartisan. The Fairfax Chamber. There’s Jim Corcoran in the front row. The Fairfax Chamber supports the Medicaid expansion. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce supports the Medicaid expansion. So does Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling. This is bipartisan mainstream. We are gonna bring back to Virginia, over the course of the next seven years, $21 billion of our money that we’re payin’ in. Why would we not bring that back —
19:22:34:00
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CHUCK TODD:
19:22:34:00: Okay, so — so you don’t have a price tag?

TERRY MCAULIFFE:
19:22:36:00: —and it will create — wait, let me finish. This Medicaid’s very important.

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