On Thursday former Gov. Jim Gilmore, candidate for the Virginia U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. John Warner took his opponent Mark Warner to task insisting it is time Mark Warner be honest with the people of Virginia.
"Bipartisanship is no substitute for honesty," repeated Gilmore, when Mark Warner addressed issues of taxes, drilling for oil, and Warner's support for undermining Virginia's Right To Work Law. "What the people want, --Republicans, Democrats and Independents, is a U.S. Senator who will keep his word."
Throughout the debate Gilmore called on Mark Warner to be honest with Virginians, reminding the audience and those watching at home on TV, that Mark Warner broke his promise to not raise taxes while governor, lied about there being a budget deficit in Virginia, and even hid a budget surplus to pass the highest tax increase in Virginia history.
"Be honest, Mark Warner, when you raised taxes in Virginia, not one dime went to Northern Virginia or transportation," responded Gilmore, when Mark Warner tried to give himself credit for transportation accomplishments in Virginia. "As U.S. Senator, I will make sure revenues collected for transportation through the gasoline tax will go to building more roads, not so-called ‘transportation enhancements', like lighthouses and critter underpasses."
The second Virginia U.S. Senate debate between former Gov. Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner took place in Northern Virginia. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the debate was held at the Capital One Auditorium in McLean, VA, where Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace served as the moderator. The debate was broadcast live on News Channel 8.
Jim Gilmore for Senate 2008
Cross-posted at Bloggers 4 Jim Gilmore