Mark Warner may want a do-over of last weekend's debate with Ed Gillespie.
The vulnerable incumbent stumbled during it, misrepresenting his Republican opponent’s record and clumsily dodging questions about his own support of the EPA, Obamacare and other Obama initiatives.
Warner has tried to paint himself as an independent operative, but any examination of his record shows that he is one of the most liberal candidates
seeking re-election this cycle.
Warner is a “blank check” for Obama, as Gillespie noted in Saturday’s debate
His press releases are very bipartisan, but his floor votes are very partisan … Governor Warner wouldn’t recognize Senator Warner today.
Warner continued his support for Obamacare, though, saying that the law just needs to be “fixed," not repealed.
Gillespie criticized the president’s failed policy, saying “I fought Obamacare every step of the way.” Gillespie pointed out that Warner had “strong-armed” his colleagues into voting for the legislation.
Warner waffled again when he was asked to take a position on new EPA regulations that threaten thousands of American jobs in the energy industry — including Virginia jobs. He said that he would have to wait until the end of the comment period before he could make a decision. Gillespie has already come out publicly against the new EPA overreaches.
Gillespie’s strong debate performance shows that this election will come down to the wire. Check out debate highlights in the above video.
As Gillespie gains ground, Warner’s camp is right to worry.