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NBC 29 - Candidates Talk About Very Different Topics in Richmond

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Location: Richmond, VA

NBC 29: Candidates Talk About Very Different Topics in Richmond

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The two men who want to be Virginia's next governor stumped for votes in the Capital City Wednesday. But Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell wanted to talk about very different topics in Richmond.

Deeds spent his morning touting his new education plan at Virginia Union University.

"The whole idea is if a Virginia student plays by the rules and wants to go to a Virginia school, they ought to be able to," Deeds told reporters after his speech.

The plan includes a scholarship program that trades financial support for public service. Deeds spent about an hour at the historically black, private college answering questions from students -- and telling reporters why his opponent's platform will hurt the state's education budget.

"The crux of (McDonnell's) transportation plan is to take $5.4 billion out of the general fund over the next 10 years," Deeds said.

Two hours later and a few blocks down the street, McDonnell attended a small fundraiser with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).

"Job creation is the top issue in this campaign," McDonnell said at a press conference following the luncheon. "My opponent has an 'F' from small business leaders."

McDonnell and Pawlenty -- a possible 2012 presidential contender -- wanted to talk about jobs and federal issues they call bad for Virginia. But McDonnell was forced to once again address his 20 year old master's thesis -- and claims that he's focused on a radical social agenda.

"I know from talking with citizens of Virginia what they're interested in," McDonnell said. "And what they're interested in is a leader that's going to inspire confidence and trust going forward."

Pawlenty brushed off questions about his possible run for president in 2012. The Minnesota governor's fundraiser with about 20 supporters pulled in $75,000 for McDonnell's campaign.

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