I'm going to talk to him in about an hour- what questions do you want asked?
Waiting for statements from Moran and Deeds...
UPDATE: THE INTERVIEW
Peter Lamarka on twitter asks: “Where do you stand on the Dillon Rule?”
Terry said he “believes we need to let local jurisdictions make decisions for themselves”. He is a “big supporter of regional authorities".
Adam Schmidt asks on twitter: “In what areas do you believe you are independent from the national party”
Terry “disagrees with the concept” of that question. He rattled off a number of issues including “universal health care”, “tax cuts for 95% of Americans”. “education benefits that will stimulate the economy” where he strongly agrees with the national party. He says the national platform is what “Barack Obama ran on” and “I support it 100%”. Terry also added “No one was tougher on George Bush and I was proven right. Our party has stood strong and that helps all Americans".
Anonymous Question at 359 on NLS asks: “What is your Opinion of Bob McDonnell?”
Terry said “McDonnell is one of the problems we have had in Richmond. Bob McDonnell has been part of stopping progress. Bob McDonnell has moved this state backwards. He is out of step with where Virginia wants to go”.
How about Brian Moran or Creigh Deeds?
Terry said they are both “great guys". He has "known Brian a long time". "Creigh ran a great race in 2005". Terry will "never say anything bad about another Democrat". He's running because he has "big ideas" and wants a "good and exciting primary". Terry added the "2008 primary was a huge benefit to the party" and helped elect Obama by creating his state organizations.
Josh Nelson from The Seminal, which is a great national blog focusing on the environment asks: “Would you support a renewable electricity standard in Virginia"?
Terry said: “Yes, I support renewable energy. We can make Virginia the #1 state in this area. We ought to be what the internet was a few years ago with renewable energy.” Terry added it would be “one of our top, top missions” if he was elected. He has “invested personally in windfarms and solar” and thinks it is a “great opportunity to create jobs”. Terry finished by saying we have great resources in Virginia “from the ocean and mountains” to our “excellent higher education system” that could be tapped to make us #1 in this area.
Another question from NLS. Howard Park asks how much will you spend on your campaign?
Terry said he "will raise a lot of money. It wont just be for Governor. It will be about winning House of Delegates". Terry thinks it will be "expensive- more than we have seen in the past. Conservatives will want to use this race to turn around nationally". Terry's plan is to "run a coordinated campaign like we never have before". One really interesting point he made that I have never heard before from a candidate for Governor: Terry feels it is his "responsibility to fund ALL the races" if he is the nominee for Governor from local to legislative.
Another question from NLS. Joe asks: "As the other two candidates running for the Democratic nomination have already explicitly stated their support for bipartisan or nonpartisan redistricting, what is your stance? Would you be willing to veto any proposed redistricting maps that are obviously gerrymandered, even if in favor of the Democrats?"
Terry said “Yes would veto them. Independent commissions should be drawing these lines. Competition is good- it is why I like primaries. Competition keeps you on your toes." Terry also added "That’s why they (Republicans) want the Governors office" (i.e. to redistrict the Democrats into oblivion again).
Final Question, I'm going to ask one of the tough ones aimed at you, and its anonymous.
Terry: *Laughs* They usually are anonymous.
Here it is. "Let's cut to the heart. My first thought is that Sen. Deeds will run a RoVA-to-NoVA campaign, Del. Moran will run a NoVA-to-RoVA campaign, and you will run a 22101-to-22102 campaign." (For those of you who don't know, those are the two McLean zip codes).
Terry: "I have helped many Virginia candidates. I will run all over state. I have lived here almost 20 years. I donated Mark Warner 1.2 million from DNC when he was running for Governor. We gave 5 million dollars to Kaine, the largest single gift in history of party. Virginia is important to show we can win in the south. No one will campaign harder". Terry added he would spend the "next 60 days on road going to every part of Virginia. I will play everywhere. I've just been in Tazewell, Bristol and Galax. Our message of job creation and growing economy works. Richmond does not work. Republicans in House of Delegates won't move state forward and are stuck. We cant move forward unless we change that. The House thinks small and makes petty decisions instead of the best interest of state". Terry finished by saying, "Tim and Mark have gone a magnificent job- Tim has to cut another billion and half next month- we shouldn’t be forced into those challenges. We have already cut to the bone and we can not raise taxes in down economy". Terry's solution? "We have one option- grow the economy. I can grow the economy. I will use my personal contacts and be Virginia’s greatest salesman and bring jobs to the state. We have more money for education and health care if you grow the economy". Terry says he will "fix Richmond, and fix the House of Delegates" by using his contacts and "won't be happy until we are the #1 growth state in country".
Looks like we are in for a heckuva race!