RICHMOND (WRIC)— 8News contacted each gubernatorial candidate for sit-down interviews; each candidate was asked the same questions focusing on major issues. The third and final candidate in this exclusive series of interviews is Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
Ken Cuccinelli was a business law attorney when he was elected as a state senator in 2002; he served until 2010, when he ran for attorney general and won. He has served as attorney general for nearly four years. He says his major goals as governor would be economic development, education and transportation. Cuccinelli says he would develop the economy by keeping taxes, labor costs and energy costs down.
"By bringing personal and business income tax rates down and paying for it with slower growth in government and by eliminating about one sixth of the tax exemptions and credits and that's been rated as growing about 58,000 new jobs," he said.
With respect to education, Cuccinelli says SOLs need to be reformed—this includes testing dates. He says every school wouldn't have to test on the same day, and kids could retest more quickly. He also says kids should be able to leave failing schools.
"If that means they can place their child in another public school, so be it," he said. "If it means they actually place their child a school in another district—another school district—I would be supportive of that and even if they want to place them in a private school, to provide them the tax credits to help them do that."
Cuccinelli says the move would also create competition and ultimately make schools better. When 8News Reporter Mark Tenia asked Cuccinelli how he would promote bipartisanship, he pointed to his time in the Senate.
"In 2006 we came within two days of not having a budget at the end of the fiscal year, and that's a government shutdown in Virginia, and I was the state senator who had the bill in place that would have bridged that gap for us."
When asked why he's a better choice than his opponents, Cuccinelli said he's worked to help Virginians long before running for office.
"I'm the only candidate running for governor who can point you to activities in the community just to help people here in Virginia, before running for governor," Cuccinelli said. "I think we ought to have a governor who cares about Virginia and its communities, and I'm the only one who's demonstrated that and I think that's one other reason that I'm a better choice for governor."
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