U. S. senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine sparred tonight in the most-
watched debate of their campaign.
The two candidates highlighted sharp differences, but the wide- ranging debate did not
produce a clear winner. This was the fourth debate, arguable the most important because it was televised statewide and promised the largest audience.
Their latest exchange was pointed but not as personal.
Allen repeatedly called for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. "My plan in getting our budget in order is pretty clear. Number one repeal Obamacare and replace it. hat will save a trillion dollars," Allen said.
Kaine portrayed Allen as unwilling to compromise and unable to solve the dysfunction
in Washington. "That's why we can't afford to go back to a day when we put people in
Congress who will add to the partisan rancor. we have to have bridge builders," Kaine said.
We asked political anaylst Bob Holsworth for his take on Monday night's debate. He said, "I thought it was a very vigorous debate among two very talented political figures who have strong ideas on what they believe and articulated them wonderfully."
U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine clashed tonight in the most watched debate of the campaign.
They met for the fourth time, in a broadcast that aired on WDBJ7 and other stations across the state.
It was another sharp exchange, but not as personal as some of their previous exchanges. The sharpest criticism might have come in the first few minutes, when Kaine portrayed Allen as unwilling to compromise, and Allen criticized Kaine for taking on the role of Democratic Party Chairman in his last year as Governor.
"My opponent when he was Governor said his job was to knock Democrats teeth down their whiny throats, and he took similar position in the Senate fighting against compromise efforts led by the Virginia Senior Senator John Warner," Kaine said.
"It's really e great unanswered question in the campaign. ow doesa Governor decide to take on a second job at sends him all over the country givi partisan speeches while over 100 thousand jobs are lost here in Virginia," Allen said.
We'll have more on this story here on WDBJ7.com, in just a bit.