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Bob McDonnell tours Areva plant in Lynchburg

10 On Your Side talked with the Republican candidate for governor to find out why his stop was important for his energy plan.
/ Source: WSLS 10

When Bob McDonnell’s tour bus stopped at Areva in Lynchburg, the Republican candidate for governor came to learn more about nuclear energy.  “To find more ways that I can do things that will promote nuclear industry to build plants faster with less time and faster permitting,” McDonnell said. He stands for “more jobs, more energy” and has set a goal to make Virginia the energy capital of the east coast. Areva says they’ve hired more than 300 employees in each of the last few years and they just finished a groundbreaking in Newport News which will create more than 500 jobs. While McDonnell toured our area, Democratic candidate for governor, Creigh Deeds, was in northern Virginia. While he also wants Virginia to be an economic leader, he focused on education and small business tax credits. He then attacked McDonnell’s past actions. McDonnell responded. “I look at this as he’s way behind in the polls; it’s a lot of campaign rhetoric, and I’m going to continue to focus on economic development and job creation,” McDonnell said. While McDonnell also looks to the future for job creation, there’s also Virginia’s budget where 1.5 billion dollars needs to be cut. He said he thought transportation and higher education was underfunded, but added, “Start with an audit of transportation and medical assistance services and find out are we spending the money properly.” It’s a question both candidates will need to answer on their quest to Richmond.