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Talk continues one day after final debate of Virginia Governor's race

By Joe Dashiell, jdashiell@wdbj7.com
Published On: Oct 25 2013 07:50:44 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2013 08:32:18 PM EDT

The final debate is over and both candidates claim victories.

ROANOKE, Va. -

The debate in the Virginia Governor's race was barely over Thursday night when the campaigns were claiming victory. And the war of words continued Friday.

Straight from the Haymarket Theatre stage at Virginia Tech, Democrat Terry McAuliffe offered his take on the third and final debate.

"There is a real difference between the two candidates running for Governor," McAuliffe told reporters Thursday night. "I'm for working in a bipartisan mainstream way bringing folks together. He was appealing to the tea party tonight."

During interviews Thursday night and again on the phone Friday morning, Republican Ken Cuccinelli continued to press for more specifics from his opponent.

"At the debate, McAuliffe failed at least four different times to explain how he's going to pay for even one of his many platitudes and promises he's making all over the place," Cuccinelli said.

For Libertarian Robert Sarvis, a major television ad buy from an independent group that supports his campaign could bolster his prospects, despite his absence from the debate.

"You know our numbers are going up in every single poll," Sarvis told WDBJ7. "We're just trying to get to as many voters as possible. And I think we're going to keep rising through November 5th."

Now attention shifts to the national political figures who are heading our way next week.  They include Bill Clinton who will campaign for Terry McAulifffe in Blacksburg and Roanoke, and Senator Rand Paul who will appear with Ken Cuccinelli at Liberty University in Lynchburg.