Kaine and Stewart square off in first debate

Elias Hubbard
July 23, 2018

Trump faced fierce backlash from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle last week following his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Corey Stewart will meet in their first debate Saturday ahead of November's midterm elections. 'President Trump is caving to the Russians'.

"We have a president who is standing up to the Russians", Stewart said.

'We have a president who is standing up to the Russians, ' Stewart continued, provoking laughter from Kaine and some of the audience members. He is seeking his second Senate term.

Stewart said Kaine was "too weak" and "too liberal". "He believed Vladimir Putin even over the hardworking and patriotic Americans who have concluded that Russian Federation is attacking our election".

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump said Tuesday, reading from a prepared statement.

He has been a controversial candidate due to his ties to neo-confederate and white supremacy groups.

They also often traded personal jabs.

In the Senate race debate, Stewart, a one-time state chairman of Trump's presidential campaign, accused Kaine of being an ineffective elitist who puts his opposition to the president above all other considerations.

Stewart won the Republican nomination in June and was swiftly congratulated by Trump via Twitter. "Kaine..." at which point the audience began laughing loudly and Stewart stood looked flustered before soldiering on as the guffaws died down.

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