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Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Energy Policy at Forum

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A discussion on the future of Virginia's energy policy Thursday morning turned into the latest battle in the race for governor. Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli traded jabs at the Consumer Energy Alliance Forum in Arlington.

There was plenty of discussion about Virginia's energy future at Thursday's forum - but what stole the spotlight were the now all too familiar attacks from both candidates.

Cuccinelli touted his experience in state government, and attacked his opponent for various business ventures, including a green car company now under federal investigation. McAuliffe attacked Cuccinelli, saying he would drive away business, and highlighted a probe into his office by the state inspector general over a gas royalties case in southwest Virginia.

On energy policy, Cuccinelli accused McAuliffe and the federal government for waging a "war on coal" energy - but McAuliffe maintains he wants 21st-century jobs and innovation.

"I'm running for governor, I'm not intending to impose additional restrictions in Virginia that would cause economic damage to pursue these policies," said Cuccinelli.

"We've got to make sure that we have options, that we're growing those jobs of the 21st century, and I think as it relates to coal, their priority and mine as governor is how we can create those new jobs of the future," said McAuliffe.

Analysts say the negative attacks in this race are only just beginning. Labor Day weekend is considered the unofficial start of the final campaign stretch.

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