Kaine-Stewart take jabs, spar over Supreme Court allegations

Kaine-Stewart take jabs, spar over Supreme Court allegations
Republican Corey Stewart (left) and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will debate each other on Sept. 26. (Source: NBC12)

MCLEAN, VA (WWBT) -The gloves were off in Wednesday's debate between senate candidates, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican challenger Corey Stewart.

Kaine, the incumbent Senator and former Vice Presidential candidate, and Stewart, the Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, squared off in a televised debate at the Capital One Center in McLean.

The first one-two punch came on the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“This is beneath the dignity - dignity of the United States Senate,” Stewart said.

"Corey, when Dr. Ford came out with her allegations, you said they were, quote, “A bunch of crap,” Kaine said.

Stewart repeatedly tried to say Kaine was among Congress members accused of harassment.

“What about the $17 million that you paid in hush money to the 268 separate complaints, Senator, against you and other members of the con of the United States Congress,” Stewart said.

“You just tried to slip in there were complaints against me, and that is completely false,” Kaine said.

Stewart later admitted he knows of no specific complaints against Kaine.

“Do we have any specific allegations? No we don’t,” Stewart said.

The two candidates took jabs at each other on their positions on race relations and affirmative action. Stewart argued that Asian students must earn higher scores than other students to get into top colleges.

"You're okay with using race as a factor in college admissions, aren't you? Aren't you?" he asked of Kaine.

“I believe college classes should look like society looks,” Kaine answered

The candidates sparred over efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“We need to stop the Trump administration’s sabotage against the Affordable Care Act. Cutting out the individual mandate, cutting down enrollment periods,” Kaine said.

“He and Bernie Sanders want medicare for all. That means he wants to take it all out of your wallets. It’s a $32 trillion cost over 10 years,” Stewart said.

Libertarian candidate Matt Waters and write-in candidate, former Republican state delegate Winsome Sears did not qualify to be in this debate.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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