Candidates Debate For 5th District Seat
Perriello and Hurt faced off in front of a packed house at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The pair took questions on healthcare, education, the economy and immigration among others.
Perriello and Hurt faced off in front of a packed house at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The pair took questions on healthcare, education, the economy and immigration, among others.
Both men claimed they had the more responsible philosophy for creating jobs and assisting small business.
Hurt spoke of the need for a return to limited government and free market solutions and attacked Perriello’s record, portraying him as a faithful ally to President Obama and Speaker Pelosi.
Hurt: If you like government-run health care, if you like a Cap and Trade tax scheme, if you like a failed stimulus package, then you should vote for Tom Perriello. But if you believe like I do that we need to have policies that reduce the size and scope of government, that will lead to opportunity and prosperity, if you believe like I do that we need to fight for a renewed American Dream, vote for Robert Hurt on November 2nd.
Perriello highlighted key votes on which he had broken with the President and the Democratic Majority, including bank bailouts, the budget and his strong support for gun owners.
Perriello: We’ve got to get out of the mentality that says the right solutions are the ones that turn things around overnight. Instant gratification is part of what got us into this place; a greed and instant gratification culture in Washington among politicians looking for symbolism instead of solutions; on Wall Street, people who are building an economy around speculation instead of building, making and growing things, and even among homeowners and consumers.
Hurt and Perriello will face off again for a final televised debate on Thursday.
Craig Carper, WCVE News