It wasn’t pretty when U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine squared off for the first time during a debate in Virginia that hit on most of the issues now dominating the presidential race.
Republican Allen threw the first punch Wednesday, describing Democrat Kaine as little more than a puppet of President Barack Obama, according to a report in the Richmond Times Dispatch
“On every significant issue, Tim has sided with President Obama rather than the people of Virginia,” Allen was quoted as saying, referring to Kaine’s positions on tax increases, bailouts, and stimulus spending.
The comments from Allen, a former senator and Virginia governor, set off a heated exchange between the two that the debate moderator had to break up at one point, the newspaper reported. But not before Kaine drew blood as well.
“On the issue of tough choices, you’re all boots and no cattle, man,” Kaine shot back at one point, according to the Times-Dispatch.
Apparently the remark followed a recitation by Kaine, also a former Virginia governor, of votes during Allen’s previous tenure in the U.S. Senate that on spending bills that increased the debt without offsets to pay for them. Kaine called them ticking “time bombs” that had contributed to the nation’s economic problems.
Both men are running to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who ousted Allen from office in the 2006 election.
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