Virginia Bar Association U.S. Senate Debate 2014
10:00 We’re at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs and setting up in preparation for the U.S. Senate debate. The candidates finished with their walk-throughs in the debate hall and I had the opportunity to say hello to Ed Gillespie in the hallway and wish him luck. Also ran into Tucker Martin, Paul Logan, and Chris Leavitt as well as Tucker Davis who is the 9th District Gillespie campaign staffer.
Paul Logan, ChrisLeavitt, Tucker Davis
Bob Stuart (News Virginian), Tucker Martin, Ed Gillespie
10:45 Room is filling, media here. Rob Longley from Staunton and Bob Brown from Richmond Times-Dispatch.
11:00 We’ve begun. VBA President John Walker III of Richmond is making opening announcements. VBA is a non-partisan organization that offers a format for information purposes and does not endorse any candidates.
Moderator is Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.”
Mr. Walker is introducing Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.
Now introducing Senator Mark Warner.
11:08 Ms. Woodruff is announcing the layout of the debate.
To those who wonder why the Virginia U.S. Senate debate is taking place in West Virginia, the Virginia Bar Association rotates every few years from the Homestead to the Greenbrier.
Ed Gillespie is offering his opening remarks. Parents moved to Ameica; didn’t go to college but insisted that he do so. Worked as a parking lot attendant and worked his way up to work for the President of the United States. He is talking about the economy and how its downfall is the result of the government becoming too big. Mark Warner’s vote in the senate 97% of the time with President Obama has hurt American people. He’s been a blank check for President Obama. He wants to ease the squeeze on hard-working Virginians.
Senator Warner is now offering his opening remarks. Greatest honor of his life to serve the people of Virginia, first as Governor and then Senator. Like Ed, he was the first in his family to attend college. First two businesses failed before he found success. No guarantee but in Ameican everyone has a fair share. Turn deficits into surpluses; in senate he’s tried to bring same approach. Crushing student debt, has worked bipartisan effort. Is critical of Gillespie. Last thing Washington needs is another partisan warrior. We need leaders who are willing to cross party lines.
First question to Warner about his voting record with the president and health care effort.
This debate is live streaming through PBS.