VIDEO: Shannon, Cuccinelli and Race

Democratic attorney general candidate Steve Shannon invoked Virginia’s struggles with racism, segregation and slavery Thursday during a debate wtih Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

The strongly-worded critique prompted Cuccinelli to call his opponent a “race-baiter” and the comments out of line.

Here’s what Shannon had to say during the debate:

In a gaggle with reporters afterward, Shannon defended the remarks.

Both men will be attending an event sponsored by the NAACP tonight in downtown Richmond. I won’t be there, but am interested to know whether Shannon makes similar comments then.

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