GOP Hopefuls Rake Gov. McDonnell for Urging Debt Accord

By BOB LEWIS
|  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:48 PM EDT
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GOP Hopefuls Rake Gov. McDonnell for Urging Debt Accord

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As Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell urges Congress and the White House to compromise over increasing the nation's borrowing limit to avoid the first ever default on federal debt, he's taking fire from the GOP right.

Two Republican candidates currying favor among conservatives and tea party voters in August's hotly contested state Senate primaries attacked the governor Wednesday for urging give-and-take among Washington Democrats and Republicans.

Press statements came from Claudia Tucker, a legislative lobbyist and Amherst Board of Supervisors chairman seeking an open seat in a five-way primary, and Tito Munoz, a Colombian immigrant running against ousted state GOP Chairman Jeff Frederick.

Both accuse McDonnell of willingness to accept tax increases. McDonnell on Tuesday advocated spending cuts, not new taxes, but said each side with have to give a little.

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