Both candidates cited Virginia Tech's response to the April 16, 2007 shootings as a model for figuring out what happened in the attacks on the American embassy in Libya, and solving the problems that are discovered.
In addition to military spending and the automatic cuts, the other main point of the debate was medical costs, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act.
"Medicare is critically important. The budget is growing in a very accelerated way. Let's start off in saying it's growing for a good reason: we're living longer. This is a problem, but it's a problem that's caused by success," said Kaine.
Kaine listed his plan for helping reduce the cost of Medicare, key among his points being the allowance of the government to negotiate for pharmaceutical prices.
"I have proposed a way to make sure Medicare is solvent for the future, and I very much believe that we need to make sure Social Security and Medicare are there for current recipients as well as future generations," Allen said.
Allen proposed that there be a gradual age increase in the minimum age for eligibility, as well as an income adjustment. He said that Medicare should be more about treating people preventively rather than having to pay for full operations after the fact.
"I don't think (Obamacare) is great for seniors who I've been hearing from who are very worried that the Obamacare approach is going to be raiding $700 billion from Medicare," Allen said.
"When Senator Allen was in the Senate, the number of uninsured people in the United States went up 8 million, and premiums for American families went up by 80 percent. He doesn't have a healthcare record as a Senator, except for voting for the Medicare expansion," Kaine said in response.
Both candidates acknowledged their high activity and leadership within their respective parties, with Kaine serving as Chairperson for the Democratic National Committee and Allen as head of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee.
"The simple fact of the matter is Virginians get asked to do leadership positions because Virginia is an important state, and our leaders are strong,” Kaine said.
Polls show the race as still close, with Kaine holding a slim lead over Allen. The winner of the race will be decided come Election Day, Nov. 6.
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