NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe stopped in Norfolk Tuesday to talk about research and innovation.
McAuliffe joined former University of Virginia professor Dr. Michael Mann at Old Dominion University's Center for Bioelectrics. The pair discussed research and innovation as ‘key components in keeping Virginia competitive in the 21st Century.'
"These are exactly the types of innovations Virginia's leaders need to support," McAuliffe said. "As Governor, I will do everything I can to encourage great thinkers and innovators like the ones here at Old Dominion to come to the Commonwealth, develop new products, create jobs here, and ensure that Virginia can compete on a global scale."
"Researchers should have the freedom to pursue areas of study as they see fit, without facing constraints based on a politician's personal beliefs," Mann said. "While Terry McAuliffe knows the importance of supporting the research community in order to keep Virginia welcoming to innovators and its economy growing, Ken Cuccinelli would rather drive his own ideological agenda and leave the Commonwealth's economy to suffer."
WAVY.com reached out to Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli's office and received the following response from press secretary Anna Nix:
"It is no surprise Terry McAuliffe is campaigning [Tuesday] with Michael Mann, a firm supporter of the McAuliffe/Biden/Obama War on Coal. McAuliffe's decision to invite Mann to campaign on his behalf is a clear indication that McAuliffe has not budged one inch from his stance that Virginia must move past coal and that as Governor he will not protect Virginia's coal industry and the tens of thousands of people who depend on it. The coal industry is not only a key part of the Commonwealth's heritage, it also supports billions in wages for hardworking families and billions in economic activity in Virginia."
WAVY.com also received this statement from Strategist Chris LaCivita:
"Michael Mann knows full and well the Attorney General's investigation had everything to do with the potential defrauding of taxpayers and nothing to do with a disagreement over science. What is indisputable is that Terry McAuliffe and Michael Mann joined together to campaign in support of an energy policy that will raise energy prices for all Virginians and put people in Southwest Virginia out of work."
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