Local Parties Look Ahead to First U.S. Senate Debate

Local parties gear up for the first debate of the U.S. Senate race this weekend.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Saturday will be the first time Republican candidate Ed Gillespie faces off against current United States Senator Mark Warner.

Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate back in 2008 after serving as Governor of Virginia.

According to Real Clear Politics, the average of polls taken shows Congressional approval is at 13 percent, and according to Gallup approval is at 15 percent.

Both candidates plan to discuss big issues like jobs, education, and healthcare.

Members of the local Democratic Party say Warner's plans to focus on collaboration with a lot of the big issues will count towards him.

"Senator Warner has had a history of shown success in Virginia. Senator Warner knows how to get things done and people know that he is able to accomplish this. His history, his record speaks for itself," said Alleyn Harned, a volunteer with the local Democratic Party..

Members of the local Republican Party say Gillespie's plans for economic growth will make people see the need for change in the future.

"He's really trying to focus on making sure that we correct the direction this country's headed. That we have a United States senator who's going to exercise some independence. The kind of independence that I think people in Virginia expect," said State Senator Mark Obenshain.

The debate will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.


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