While three of the four men vying to be Virginia's next governor talked up their lengthy résumés in state government Tuesday, newcomer Terry McAuliffe pitched himself as a Richmond outsider who could change government.
Sen. R. Creigh Deeds and Del. Brian J. Moran, both Democrats, and Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican, all have years of experience on Capitol Square. McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, has lived in McLean for two decades but has had little involvement in state government or politics.
"I think there is an opportunity for someone who has not been in Richmond who can come in with some new ideas," McAuliffe said.
The four likely candidates shared the stage for the first time at a debate Tuesday, unofficially launching a yearlong campaign for the state's top job by answering questions from journalists in front of a packed room in downtown Richmond.