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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Allen, Kaine debate on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’

Republican George Allen and Democrat Timothy M. Kaine participated in a lively U.S. Senate debate Saturday, each trying to appeal to the crucial independent voters who will decide Virginia’s marquee contest.

The candidates accused each other of name-calling and ideological squabbling and debated, among things, gun control.

The 75-minute debate, moderated by CNN’S Candy Crowley and sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, was the second between Allen and Kaine but the first of the general election. It was not televised live, though excerpts aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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The former governors debated in front of several hundred lawyers at the posh Homestead resort, nestled in the mountains near the West Virginia border.

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