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The Republican candidate talked about reaching out. Democrat Ralph Northam brought up Jackson's previous comments.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
NORFOLK — In a second showdown, at Old Dominion University on Wednesday, the two candidates running for lieutenant governor again underscored their ideological differences.
E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate, made an attempt to moderate himself, reaching across the aisle to Democrats — the same party he had previously called the “anti-God Party.”
“What the lieutenant governor should be focused on is not attack[ing] people with different visions and values, but work[ing] on those issues where we have common ground,” Jackson said. “I am going to reach out to Democrats — let’s find a way to work together. ”
State Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk did not leave Jackson’s attempt to paint himself as a bipartisan candidate unanswered.
“Your words have not suggested that you want to work with people,” Northam said. “We don’t need people to talk about others’ sexual orientation or making statements that we are anti-God.”
Northam again touted his record in the state Senate, including his role in passing legislation that banned smoking in restaurants and in fighting Virginia’s ultrasound bill.
The role of the lieutenant governor is to preside over the state Senate, which is currently split with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.
“This is an important election,” Northam said. “Elections have consequences, and this is the difference between moving forward and moving backwards here in Virginia. We are proud this year to be the No. 1 state to do business in. We have to stop the assault on women’s rights, stop the assault on the LGBT community.”
Jackson tried to put his controversial comments about gays, Democrats, Planned Parenthood and religion behind him.
“Employment and a fine education is something that all Virginians should have,” Jackson said. “One vision for all Virginians, I believe we can all come together and help the country to get to a far better place than where we are.”
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