The two candidates for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jim Webb addressed the Virginia Economic Developers Association.
Both men used the time to outline stark differences between each other with a focus on economic recovery.
Both men said finding a way to fix the stalemate in Congress is also big on their agenda.
"You find a person on the other side of the isle who agrees with you on that specific issue and you work together. I work with democratic senators to in the lead to keep taxes off Internet access, worked with even Hillary Clinton, which is surprising to some, but we worked together to screen new born babies for diseases," said George Allen, the Republican candidate for Senate.
"You can advance your own interests, but the key is do you tear others down or are you willing to listen to them and find compromise. I don't think Virginians mind you being a part of a party, but they want to know if you can find compromise, and my track record shows that I can," said Tim Kaine, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
Kaine says if elected, he will make education his focus. Allen said, if elected, he hopes his first move is casting the deciding vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.