Kaine and Stewart have a verbal slugfest during their first debate

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Corey Stewart Brianna Morgan Harlem Morgan

The candidates in Virginia's U.S. Senate made President Donald Trump a focal point as they sparred in their first debate. Stewart, in turn, accused Senator Kaine of opposing anything the Trump administration proposes.

The contentious debate was full of barbs including one where Stewart said this about Kaine: "He was noticeably silent when the Russians shot down a Malaysian airliner when President [Barack] Obama was in office".

Jennifer M. Brown, the Chair of the 6th District Republican Committee, approved of Stewart's performance on the debate stage.

Stewart is a devotee of President Donald Trump and an outspoken defender of Confederate imagery. "We have a president who is standing up to the Russians". Kaine and Stewart were guests of the Virginia Bar Association during the lawyers' summer meeting at the Homestead resort in Bath County. But Republicans haven't won a statewide contest since 2009.

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A conservative provocateur who often insults politicians in both parties, Stewart launched several broadsides against Kaine's record as governor and in the Senate.

Despite Stewart's claim, Kaine appeared to have been vocal in his opposition to Russian aggression in 2014.

Kaine responded with his own refrain: "Make it personal, make it nasty, or make it up". Kaine said it was "disgraceful" that Stewart had campaigned in support of Roy Moore, a defeated Senate candidate in Alabama who was accused of sexual misconduct.

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