George Allen Post Debate Press Conference:
Tim Kaine Post Debate Press Conference:
On Thursday September 2o, 2012 George Allen and Tim Kaine squared off in another debate. The two men are campaigning for the open United States Senate seat from Virginia being vacated by the current Democratic senator Jim Webb. Senator Webb decided not to run for a second term in the senate after serving for six years.
The debate was held at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Virginia. Sponsoring the debate was the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. David Gregory of NBC, host of Meet the Press moderated the debate. Also joining Mr. Gregory in asking questions were NBC4’s Julie Carey, Aaron Gilchrist, and the Washington Post’s Ben Pershing.
Tim Kaine a Democrat and George Allen a Republican have both been governors of Virginia, and George Allen has held one of the two U.S. Senate seats from Virginia. He lost his re-election bid in 2006. Both men were asked tough questions from David Gregory and the panel. Those questions spanned a wide rang topics; topics such as education, economics, national security/foreign policy, and social issues. Both held there own on the stage and held nothing back when attacking each others records as governor, and in Governor Kaine’s case he also attacked Governor Allen’s record during his service in the U.S. Senate.
The attacks on one another’s records didn’t stop once the debate was over. After the debate both men held press conferences to answer questions from the media who were in attendance. You can watch both press conferences by clicking on the videos above.
Virginia’s senate race is one of the most watched in the country. The winner of this race may have a direct impact on the outcome of whether or not the Democrats hold on to their majority in the senate, or if the Republicans take back control. Recent polling out this week from the Washington Post and Quinnipiac University show Tim Kaine with a 7 to 8 point lead over George Allen. This marks the fifth straight poll showing the Democrat ahead. There are still several weeks until the election, and things can change. Both men will continue to campaign vigorously until Election Day on November 6th, 2012.