Transcript: Sept. 25 Virginia gubernatorial debate
19:25:21:00: I talk about education. This is so important. We need to invest in education. His tax plan takes $6 billion out of the budget over the course of the next four years. He and E.W. Jackson believe we should also get rid of the corporate income tax. He doesn’t want the Medicaid expansion. He’s called for the end of the Department of Education.
19:25:41:00: We cannot grow a 21st century. We cannot be those global leaders. We need to replace with sequestration, we’ve all seen the numbers. We know what his tax plan would do to the local communities. Sharon Bolivo’s (PH) right here in the front row. What it would mean to Fairfax County to be losing this revenue. What it would mean to Sharon Bolivo and Fairfax County and the loss of teachers at a time we should be investing in our teachers, investing in those STEM courses, science, technology, engineering, and math. You can’t do that. His plan literally would force us to lay off thousands of teachers. As I say, Vince Callahan, the former chairman of the House Republican Appropriations Committee came out and said it would put a hole in our budget. Senator Mark Warner came out the other day.
19:26:26:00: All right. M — Mr. Cuccinelli, b — as you prepare your 60-second response, you just said loopholes. We all hear that. We don’t know what that is. It sounds like you’re afraid to tell us what you’re thinking about cutting, because it’s the — two months before the election.
19:26:47:00: What are they?
19:26:48:00: But — but — the — well, there’s — there’s literally scores of them. And the — the standard of eliminating one is what’s critical here. If all we’re doing is giving money to a business interest, that’s not something that’s working for the people paying for it, which is the taxpayers of Virginia.
19:27:05:00: If instead, out of that tax credit, we get other economic benefits that return to the people, Virginia’s people, paying for it, that’s a tax credit to keep. Those are the ones that we want to grow our economy. But on a bipartisan basis. We’ve got to be able to find at least a sixth of them, about 15%, that don’t perform, that don’t meet that standard. That’s all we have to do to get our 58,000 job-creating tax plan — put in effect. I’m the only candidate with a plan to grow jobs, other than to say the word “jobs” repeatedly.
19:27:45:00: Well, the tragic shooting at the Navy Yard has once again cast a spotlight on gun laws. Mr. McAuliffe, as part of your plan to strengthen Virginia’s cities, you say you support universal background checks, limiting the size of magazine, a return to the one-gun a month purchase rule. But missing from that list is and assault weapons ban, something you said as recently as December of 2012 that you supported. So I have a two-part question. First, have you changed your mind about an assault weapons ban? And secondly, how big a priority would you make it as governor to change Virginia’s gun laws?
19:28:16:00: I haven’t changed my mind. It’s a very pertinent question for tonight. Obviously, after the tragedy we just had at the Navy Yard — the tragedy we had in Virginia, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Connecticut, as a father and as a husband, I can speak for everybody in this audience. When we drop our children off at school and we dropped our loved ones off at work, we want to know that they’re gonna be safe, that our communities are safe. It is so important.
19:28:50:00: That’s why I’m for responsible gun ownership. I have called for universal background checks. My opponent doesn’t support that. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I’m a hunter. I own guns. I’ve gone through background checks. They take just a couple minutes. We have a gigantic loophole in Virginia. You can buy guns through mail order. You can go to these gun show loopholes.
19:29:14:00: There are certain individuals who just should not own a gun. There are individuals that have mental illness. I think this is such a critical issue for us. How many people have to be killed till we wake up to have sensible gun ownership? Now I was very dismayed with the United States Senate this year. 91% of Americans support universal background checks. And the Senate refused to even bring it up for a vote. As governor, I’m gonna push. Most importantly, we need universal background checks for everyone —
19:29:51:00: —to keep our loved ones safe.
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