Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, center, answers one of moderator David Gregory's questions while, at right, fellow candidate for U.S. Senate George Allen waits for his turn during the first debate for the two Virginia candidates at the Capital One Conference Center in Tysons Corner, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. This race has been considered one of the most competitive races in the country. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, center, answers one of moderator David Gregory's questions while, at right, fellow candidate for U.S. Senate George Allen waits for his turn during the first debate for the two Virginia candidates at the Capital One Conference Center in Tysons Corner, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. This race has been considered one of the most competitive races in the country. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)