Bell pushes Marshall on Social Issues in Debate

Written by Jonathan HunleySource: Inside Nova

It wasn’t until the candidates questioned each other that the debate got a bit fiery.

John Bell, the Democratic challenger for the 13th District seat in the House of Delegates, asked Del. Robert G. “Bob” Marshall why he has focused on social issues such as abortion, suggesting other matters are more important.

But Marshall, arguably the General Assembly’s most prominent conservative, quickly shot back using a name not thrown around lightly in the Old Dominion.

“Who dealt with the question of right to life?” the western Prince William County Republican asked. “A fellow named Thomas Jefferson. The first right that he talked about in the Declaration of Independence was life — liberty, the pursuit of happiness.”

The candidates differed on issues — including sin taxes, transportation funding and Virginia’s use of federal stimulus money — in a 50-minute debate held Tuesday night by the Prince William Committee of 100.

The nonpartisan Committee of 100, which puts on forums throughout the year, conducted debates for the 13th and 50th House districts at the Four Points by Sheraton outside Manassas.