First Senate Debate to be Held Saturday: Warner, Gillespie face off

White Sulphur Springs, W.VA- The first senatorial debate will take place in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Saturday. The Virginia Bar Association will sponsor the event, where U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat will face his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie over the issues.Both candidates are expected to focus their message heavily on the economy.Republicans are accusing Senator Warner of distancing himself from President Obama and from his support for Obamacare.They say Warner has voted in "lock step" with the president.A new CNN/ORC nationwide poll shows only 42% believe Mr. Obama can manage the government effectively.The Democrats say Gillespie is far from the humble small businessman his campaign is painting him to be but rather a longtime Washington insider and lobbyist for Enron.In a press release, the Democrats also point out that Gillespie is an "expert debater," who prepped Mitt Romney in his debates with the President.One recent statewide poll has Warner in a comfortable 25-point lead over his opponent.Warner's campaign office tells ABC 13 the Senator is taking this debate "very seriously."