RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)—Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe spoke before a group of about 40 students Thursday afternoon in former Gov. Doug Wilder's government class at Virginia Commonwealth University.
One of the big issues that both gubernatorial candidates addressed was education. Cuccinelli unveiled his plan for higher education, including college degree programs from state universities that only cost $10,000.
"We're not the first state to go down that path," Cuccinelli said. "We have kids that show up with enough credits that we can pull that off and make this more cost effective."
Terry McAuliffe says education will also be a top priority for him, from pre-kindergarten to high school.
"We will free up about $500 million from the general fund which I want to dedicate as a portion of that to assist us and do what we need to do on education," McAuliffe said.
The candidates took questions from Douglas Wilder's students, and many said hearing the candidates in person was eye opening.
"I definitely think there were some interesting revelations that I got from both of the candidates—unexpected things from both sides," said VCU student Jurriaan Vandenhurk.
Cuccinelli and McAuliffe both need college-age kids to vote, and Thursday's meeting may have helped VCU students make a decision.
"I would probably vote for Libertarian candidate Rob Sarvis," Vandenhurk said.
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