Virginia AG and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, speaking in Norfolk yesterday, was asked why he turned down “The People’s Debate,” sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Virginia and the AARP:
Apparently, Cuccinelli is referring to the proposed moderator of the debate, CBS This Morning host Norah O’Donnell, who used to work at MSNBC. But he fails to consider that the pair of non-profits have hosted debates in the past: In 2009, the gubernatorial debate between Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds (I was there for that one) and last years Senatorial debate between Tim Kaine and George Allen. Does Cuccinelli think McDonnell and Allen are “left-wing” as well? Or is it just that the moderator is a former MSNBC employee? Joe Scarborough is an MSNBC employee, too. Is he “left-wing?”
Or is he just afraid of being seen on TV by voters across Virginia, so close to the election?
Just this morning, I learned via VANews that the Virginia Bar Association debate, to be held at The Homestead on July 20, will be livestreamed for the first time. While I am thrilled that they have worked this out, not everyone has access to a computer to watch it. (Plus, I suspect that the general public has other things to do at 11am on a July Saturday.)
That Cuccinelli turned down this debate says more about him than it does about the organizations sponsoring it. I think he’s just afraid – afraid that the voters might see and hear something that would make them less likely to support him.
And that’s really sad for someone who wants to lead our state.