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Virginia governor candidates spar at energy forum

Thursday - 8/29/2013, 2:08pm  ET

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talks to reporters after the Virginia Energy and Opportunity Forum in Arlington, Va., Thursday. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Candidates slam one another at energy forum

Kristi King, WTOP

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BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Democrat Terry McAuliffe says his Republican rival's positions on family law and other social issues will hurt Virginia's economy, but Ken Cuccinelli says McAuliffe's policies are the real "job killers."

The candidates for Virginia governor didn't share the stage during an energy forum Thursday. But they spent much of the time attacking each other.

McAuliffe held up a Washington Post article that detailed Cuccinelli's ties to father's rights advocates, who believe men are treated unfairly in divorce and custody cases. He says Cuccinelli's social policies would alienate women who are important to the state's energy future.

Cuccinelli accused McAuliffe of bringing up "obscure and unrelated things" that won't impact the business climate. He says McAuliffe is beholden to Washington special interests and can't be trusted to protect Virginia's coal industry.

Democratic candidate for Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe speaks to reporters after the Virginia Energy and Opportunity Forum in Arlington, Va., Thursday. (WTOP/Kristi King)



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