- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As Robert F. McDonnell and R. Creigh Deeds battle it out for the gubernatorial position being vacated by Gov. Tim Kaine (“McDonnell takes lead in Va. race, poll finds,” Metro, Wednesday), isn’t it about time that the Democrats were gracious enough to inform the voters when we should expect to hear from the candidates, together on the same stage, discussing the issues that affect Virginia?

Mr. McDonnell has his platform. He has challenged Mr. Deeds to 10 statewide debates, and we would like to know where Mr. Deeds stands on the issues. Virginia is a unique state, neither red nor blue. We want honest debate and honest answers, and we want to know the direction in which this commonwealth will be taken depending upon how we vote in November.

Virginia faces a massive budget shortfall, and it already has had to call upon the federal government to bail it out — something I think most Virginians don’t want to go through again. We have transportation, energy, education, small business, public safety, health care, taxes and a host of other issues affecting us all. I for one am tired of negative campaigning and sound bites that fail to give us a full picture of each candidate. It is time that Mr. Deeds and Mr. McDonnell traveled through Virginia and engaged in a series of lengthy, detailed discussions.

MICHAEL VOGLER

Sterling, Va.

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