Lieutenant Governor Candidates Clash Over Guns, Trump

Justin Fairfax, Jill Vogel

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor State Senator Jill Vogel, right, gestures during a debate with Democrat Justin Fairfax at the University of Richmond, Thursday October 5th, 2017. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The recent shooting in Las Vegas is creating a new flashpoint in the final few weeks Election 2017: guns. Michael Pope reports.

Donald Trump is not on the ballot this year in Virginia, but his Presidency was an issue Thursday night.

Fairfax attacked Jill Vogel for her support of Trump.  “She supported him in the election. She voted for him. She tweeted on the night that he won that he’s going to make America great again, and that’s what she believes,” Fairfax argued. “Well I don’t think he’s making America great again. I think what he and his appointees are doing are unraveling so much of the protections and so much of the progress that we have made as a country.”

Vogel did not try to distance herself from Trump. “So I am unapologetic about wanting to make Virginia great again, about wanting to make America great again, about being Republican. But I’m also unapologetic about the fact that in ten years in the Senate of Virginia, I have never been afraid to break with my party,” Vogel responded.

Polls show Trump is unpopular in Virginia, which is the only southern state he did not win last year.

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