Gillespie and Northam face off in first public debate in Bath County

BATH COUNTY, Va. – The candidates to be Virginia’s next Governor met for their first debate Saturday at the Homestead Resort in Bath County.Northam and Gillespie used the debate to cement their positions on several issues, including one that was a talker for Northam during the primaries: natural gas pipelines. Before Northam could even finish his opening statement, a protester interupted him, bringing natural gas pipelines to center stage. It’s a project that neither candidate is willing to oppose.”If the pipeline moves forward, it’s going to be done with science, it’s going to be done with transparency, it’s going to be done responsibly,” said Northam.But Gillespie says, he not only supports pipelines, he’d like to see fracking in Virginia.”I think fracking has demonstrated itself to be a positive impact on the economy, it’s been safe, and it helps to provide a reliable source of affordable energy,” said Gillespie.The debate quickly revealed deeper divides between the candidates on the topic of healthcare. Gillespie said he believes the Affordable Care Act should be repealed.”We are growing already at eight percent a year in terms of Medicaid being, increasing costs, and we can make healthcare more affordable, more accessible without the Medicaid expansion,”…

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