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Every once in awhile a candidate goes off script and says something unexpected in that happened today in the Virginia senate race.
Chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel was there.
At the first of three debates in the final weeks of the Virginia senate race.
Former democratic governor Tim Kaine was asked about Mitt Romney's comment about the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes.
I would be open to a proposal would have some minimum -- -- -- for everyone but but I do exist many of the 47%.
The governor Romney's going after pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes and he does.
After the debate his opponent former Republican governor and senator George Allen pounced on -- minimum tax level comment plus typical of Tim -- SS I mentioned there is record -- one of looking to raise taxes after that I asked -- declared by his statement from the debate and it.
Colleague -- -- some time would you be open to consider this.
I would I do not believe you start with 7% of pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist no -- never.
Kane is also offering a compromise on the bush tax cuts saying he would allow them to expire for those making more than 500000 dollars a year.
The White House wants only keep the bush cuts for families earning less than 250000.
Dollars per year governor while Republicans favor extending the cuts -- believe this was Allen's response to cain's plan.
I guess you did not do an analysis of -- you're supposed your so called plan would do to jobs.
Product before you ever propose anything you ought to -- taking into account what the impact is on jobs.
And our economy which is a major major concern.
Both men are well known with Allen running for statewide office for the fourth time.
While -- is running in his third Virginia race.
It is really unusual and the reason it's unusual is because.
Both of these candidates are recognized by over 95%.
Of the potential voters.
So there there's very little gift.
In the electorate people are really dug in on this race and as a result it's very very likely to be a coat tail race.
This races hotly contested at the polls have essentially been tied for seventeen months until now.
The new Fox News poll of likely voters gives Democrat -- a four point advantage over Republican Alan.
But still within the poll's margin of error.
Allen's campaign is clearly hoping cain's handling of the tax issue will move the polls in their favor.
-- says the senate needs somebody willing to listen to an offer and perhaps compromise -- and remain alive in McLean Virginia -- Mike thank you.
The White House now admit.
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