Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Kaine and Allen debate tonight
U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine will meet tonight in their second-to-last debate of the campaign.
The debate, held in Richmond at WCVE’s public TV studios, will be broadcast live by several TV stations, including C-SPAN and several PBS stations (see bottom for full list, or look at the AARP’s website here).
It’s their fourth debate, but this one comes with just a month left in the campaign.
Polls in the high-profile race have shown a virtual tie for more than a year, although polls released last week indicate Kaine might be edging ahead.
The debate will by moderated by Richmond political analyst Bob Holsworth, and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the AARP, both of which plan to live-tweet the debate ( @AARPVa and @LWVVA).
Given the AARP’s involvement, you can probably expect to hear several questions about Social Security and Medicare, programs that directly affect seniors. Viewers are also likely to hear the candidates talk about fiscal issues, like looming defense cuts — the subject of an Allen ad released today — and the differences between how each man proposes to reduce the federal debt and deficit.
You can watch the debate on the following stations. It runs from 8-9 p.m. tonight.
WJLA Newchannel 8
WETA-TV PBS (delayed until Oct. 9)
WCVE-TV PBS 23
WCVE-FM NPR Radio 88.9
WTVR-TV CBS 6
ERLH My Network TV 35.2
Bluefield (Southwest Virginia):
WVVA-TV NBC streaming on www.wvva.com
WCAV_TV CBS 19
WHTJ-TV PBS 41
WVPT-TV PBS 51
WAVY-TV NBC 10 streaming at http://www.wavy10.com
WGNT-TV CW 27.2
WHRO-TV PBS 15
WBRA-TV PBS 15
WDBJ-TV CBS 7
WSET-TV ABC 13
WHSV-TV ABC 3 streaming at http://www.tv3winchester.com