MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - Democrat Terry McAuliffe is the first to make his case at a joint gubernatorial forum with Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli before business leaders in Manassas, and he portrayed himself as a business-minded candidate focused on transportation and job creation and unbound by ideology.
He spoke Friday on the general problems of traffic gridlock in Washington's sprawling suburbs such as $1 billion in wasted productivity a year and on the personal price, such as two-hour drives just to watch children play sports.
McAuliffe noted his unlikely alliance with Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in supporting the new transportation funding reform law and noted that Cuccinelli opposed and nearly derailed its passage with an adverse legal opinion.
The two candidates won't be onstage at the same time. Cuccinelli gets the last say.
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