Steve Baril and Bob McDonnell debate Terry Schiavo
Well, not so much, according to this WaPo article:
Referring to the controversy over the fate of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who died at a hospice 13 days after her feeding tube was removed, Gilmore asked the candidates, "Should a disabled person like this ever be denied food and water and starved to death and die of thirst, even if it's in a medical directive?"The biggest bone of contention continues to be whose background has been better preparation for the job.
Both said that living wills should be used to determine end-of-life treatment decisions, but that when there is doubt about what a patient would have wanted, doctors should take life-saving measures.
"Without the ability of the government to protect human life, all other rights do not exist," McDonnell said.
Baril suggested that the attorney general could find a role in such cases by examining whether to appoint an independent guardian. He said lawyers should encourage people to put their wishes in writing.
The two clashed most, however, on issues of biography. Richmond lawyer Steve Baril said his legal credentials make him better qualified to be the state's top attorney, and Del. Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia Beach countered that his experiences as a state politician, former prosecutor and Army veteran give him the edge.I have to say that I disagree with the implication that small-firm lawyers don't get the training they need to become AG. I would be interested in hearing Steve Minor's thoughts on the issue.