northam and perriello hold their fire in first democratic debate for va gov

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lt. gov. ralph northam and former congressman tom perriello saved their harsh words for president trump saturday, making the first debate of virginia’s democratic gubernatorial primary a largely positive, gentlemanly affair.northam and perriello generally agreed on policy and exchanged only a few, gentle jabs during the hourlong forum moderated by nbc4 reporter tom sherwood. the debate, the first of five, was held in fairfax county - important territory in voter-rich northern virginia. perriello, who upset virginia’s democratic establishment with his unexpected entry into the race in january, took pains to several times to praise term-limited gov. terry mcauliffe (d), who is backing the lieutenant governor.“i think mcauliffe has done a tremendous job,” perriello said in response to a question about whether this is a “change election.” sherwood gave each candidate the opportunity to ask the other a question – something that perriello said caught him off guard. he went first, with a softball: “the question i would ask is: what do you think you have learned most from your great service as lieutenant governor?” when northam was up, he lobbed something harder. he asked......

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