Senate Race Could Affect Presidential Race

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

The Senate debate Monday night between Tim Kaine and George Allen may be more important to you than you think.

Former Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine went face to face for their 4th debate in Richmond.

Political science professor David McQuilkin says this race will have a big effect on Virginia, so it's one you should pay attention to.

"Just simply to turn Virginia republican from its previous 2008 democratic status, would be deemed a major victory for the Republicans this election cycle," said McQuilkin.

Allen and Kaine agreed and disagreed on a lot of issues Monday night. One of their biggest differences: taxes.

"The thing that we don't need is higher taxes, more regulations. What we need to do is unleash our American energy resources, have a tax code that is more simple, competitve and fair," said Allen.

"George has pledged to never raise any tax or revenue, not one dollar of revenue for ten dollars of cuts. He will not fix either side of the balance sheet that needs to be fixed. I have a record of working to fix both sides of the balance sheet," responded Kaine.

Immigration reform is one topic where they had some overlap.

"Youngsters who were brought here by their parents, we shouldn't lock them into under-achievement, we should help them be over-achievers and I support an immigration reform, a comprehensive one that would have a penalty of those who were here unlawfully," said Kaine.

"Those people can come in, who are checked out and are here on a temporary basis to provide good work that is needed here and actually support American jobs," said Allen.

No matter who you think won this debate, it will all come down to your vote in November.

That's something that McQuilkin says could affect who will be the next president.

"If they vote for senator, they'll probably vote for the candidate of the same party for president, but likewise the same is also true. If they vote for the democratic or republican candidate for president, then they're going to vote for the like party for senator," said McQuilkin.

McQuilkin says whoever wins this race could change the majority of the Senate, and with Virginia being a swing state, he says it'll be interesting to see which party wins the state.


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