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VA Candidates Speak at Buena Vista's Annual Labor Day Parade

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Candidate signs at Buena Vista Labor Day Parade Candidate signs at Buena Vista Labor Day Parade

Candidates put on their marching shoes to do a little glad-handing at Buena Vista's Labor Day Parade on Monday. The annual Labor Day event invited politicians to shake hands and give their stump speeches - and while many got swept up in the campaign fervor, others were less than impressed.

After floats, bands and teams marched through the city, the real action began. Politicians labored to win votes at the annual parade. 

"This is a very important election. I am running for governor to focus on diversifying and growing our economy," said Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for governor.

"We're watching the state fall apart before our very eyes. And it's very important for Virginia to preserve its own budget by staying as disengaged from this federal health care debacle as we possibly can," said Ken Cuccinelli, Republican candidate for governor.

Cheers erupted when E.W. Jackson, one of the candidates running for lieutenant governor, spoke.

"You do this at your best, at least, if you're sincere about it because you care about the people of Virginia,"said Jackson.

But at least one man in the audience wasn't sold.

"If their lips are moving, there's a good chance they're lying," said Tim Beverly, a mechanic.

Beverly dressed up as Uncle Sam and carried an entirely different message from the rest.

"No. Absolutely not. There's nothing to vote for. Which of the less of the two evils do I vote for?," said Beverly.

He says the scandal with the Governor Bob McDonnell's office, as well as the lagging economy, have already turned him away from voting in November.  

The negativity didn't end there. Hundreds of these anti-Cuccinelli signs even drew a response for Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

"This is about these candidates coming here to talk about their vision for the future. How they're gonna create jobs, and I say these negative attack signs ought to come down! What do you think?," said Goodlatte.

If you'd like to catch the grand finale of the Labor Day event, there will be fireworks at Glen Maury Park around 9 p.m.

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