October 18, 2012
Virginia voters had their last chance to hear Tim Kaine and George Allen debate in their race for the U.S. Senate on Thursday night.
The debate held at Virginia Tech seemed less feisty than the presidential debates between Governor Romney and President Obama this election season. Kaine and Allen compared records and spelled out their very different plans to serve Virginia in Washington.
"I don't believe it is anti-Virginian to support he President. I do not think it is anti-Virginian to support the commander in chief. When I as governor for 3 years, President Bush was president," Kaine said. "George has made very plain he will not consider a President Obama his partner. I will always work with the president of the United States as a partner."
"I have worked across party lines. I want to work with republicans and democrats to get this economy going again. I think we can find common ground to make sure our tax laws are simpler and if we can do that, then we'll send a message to the world that America is open for business again. I look forward to doing that for Virginia and America," said Allen.
Allen quoted the U.S. Secretary of Defense who said the sequestration deal would be devastating to the military. Allen then brought up the recent attack in Libya.
"That is a great example of why the sequestration is not only wrong but it's dangerous. We do have to find out who's responsible in Libya," Allen said.
"What Virginia Tech has done for campus safety, for example, has not only made this campus safer but now it's a model for other campuses," Kaine said. "And we have to take the same model and with the respect to the attack in Libya."
In terms of the economy and creating more jobs for Virginians, both candidates talked about their tax plans.
"Tim talks about revenue and he thinks the only way you can raise revenue is by raising taxes. Well, raising taxes in this fragile economy would only cause more job losses," Allen said.
"Start by letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire as planned and as promised for incomes over 500,000 dollars a year. That's a compromise and we need to compromise," said Kaine.
Recent Rasmussen Polls have Tim Kaine with 48% of the vote and George Allen with 47% of the vote.