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Future gubernatorial hopefuls meet past governor

Published On: Sep 05 2013 06:13:58 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 05 2013 10:54:57 AM CDT
Richmond, Va. -

    Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe have brought their gubernatorial campaigns one-after-the-other into the Virginia Commonwealth University classroom of former Gov. Doug Wilder.

     Cuccinelli unfurled a generalized package of higher education reforms to Wilder's advanced government and politics class Thursday.  McAuliffe treated them to his standard stump spiel about economic development, including how he started a driveway sealing business as a 14-year-old in his native upstate New York.

     Cuccinelli, the current attorney general, lamented tuition increases that are pricing college degrees out of the middle class's reach. He proposed low-cost science, technology, engineering and math degrees.

     McAuliffe touted greater use of Virginia's community colleges as training partners for business. He also praised Wilder for his tight-fisted state government fiscal stewardship during the wrenching recession of the early 1990s.