Debating for Senate control

With less than a month before Election Day, Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R) and Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D) participated in a debate on Monday evening at Christopher Newport University.

The Senate debate at the university’s Wason Center for Public Policy was described as a “spirited exchange.” The November 3rd election will decide whether the Republicans or Democrats take control the state Senate.

The Daily Press reported that both candidates “agree on a lot of things, from saying that reversing cuts in K-12 education funds will take time to noting the state can do little to address the challenge of rising sea levels in Hampton Roads.”

A panel of opinion writers posed questions on current issues which both candidates debated. Gun control was a topic both Norment and Saslaw disagreed on.

Discussing Virginia’s overall progress, the Senate candidates disputed how much credit Governor Terry McAuliffe deserved. Saslaw acknowledged many accomplishments and successes made during the Governor’s term, whereas Norment contested Saslaw’s claims.

“Many of these economic development prospects are actually pursued over a period of years,” Norment explained.

The Senate race is certainty critical for both parties. Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that “all 140 legislative seats are up for election on November. The focus is on the control of the state Senate, in which Republicans hold a 21-19 edge.”

With differences aside, the debate concluded with the two men congratulating one another afterwards. Decisions need to be made by the people of Virginia, because Election Day will be here shortly.

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