At the halfway mark of the debate, Chuck Todd expressed visible frustration with both McAuliffe and Cuccinelli as the two candidates repeatedly avoided answering questions from Todd and the panel with specifics, instead sticking to seemingly pre-prepared talking points.
McAuliffe refused to get specific on exactly how much his spending proposals would cost, and where the funding would come from. He stressed what must be done and why, but when Todd pressed him for a concrete spending figure, McAuliffe ignored him.
Cuccinelli, similarly, skipped around questions on gun control, which focused on the recent Navy Yard Shooting and reports on the Virginia Tech Massacre from 2007. He kept his answers centered on mental health procedures, while avoiding discussions of specific gun control legislation.