Both of Virginia’s US Senate seats are currently held by Democrats. Mark Warner (D) is not up for relection in 2012. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) is retiring. Former Virginia Governor and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine (D-VA) is vying for Webb’s seat, running against former Virginia Governor, and former Republican Senator George Allen. Tim Kaine was unopposed. George Allen won the Republican primary.
“George Allen is committed to protecting our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage,”said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund, which is headquartered in Fairfax. “Because of his proven record of support of our right to keep and bear arms, George Allen has earned an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”
“George Allen is the clear choice for conservatives who want to win in Virginia this November,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said. “George Allen´s lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 93 while serving in the Congress shows a consistent commitment to conservative principles on a wide range of issues.”
In 2006, George Allen was one of only 35 Senators in a Republican dominated Senate to vote for a rules change that would have made it harder to increase federal spending each year. He later was one of only 41 Senators to vote for an amendment that would have forced Senators to disclose the earmarks they proposed.
Whether the issue is runaway spending, 2nd Amendment rights or the rights of the unborn, George Allen was there for conservatives. I urge all conservatives to support George Allen in the Virginia Republican Primary June 12”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) endorsed – see the second video below.
George Allen was endorsed Friday [April 2012] by a favorite of national tea party Republicans, as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson came to Virginia to boost Allen’s bid to join him on Capitol Hill.
“George Allen has a record of standing up for job-creators and fighting against Washington’s job-destroying regulations and overspending,” Johnson planned to say at the event, according to a release from the Allen campaign. In a separate fundraising e-mail, Johnson said “Allen was one of only 15 Senators who voted against the Bridge to Nowhere and pushed for a Balanced Budget Amendment and a Line-Item Veto, two things he’s running on today.”
Senator Tom Coburn announced his endorsement and strong support for George Allen for Senate.
Senator Coburn’s endorsement carries clout when you know where he stands. First of all, Coburn is not seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. Coburn has been sort of a rogue in the Senate since his decision not to return to Capitol Hill. Hence, Coburn would not mince words or feel establishment pressure to sway his support. Secondly, Senator Coburn is a debt and deficit hawk. He is at the top of the list in the Senate about cutting spending and exposing government waste. This is the key reason his endorsement of George Allen has mojo. Another is a dig at Democrat Tim Kaine and Tea Party loyalist Jamie Radtke. Coburn’s history as a fiscal hawk throws water on Kaine and Radtke’s efforts to paint Allen as a spender. Coburn’s recent rogue tongue would not endorse someone who would not be fiscally strong.
“George Allen was the most transformative Governor of the last generation. As Governor, George Allen abolished parole, reformed welfare, established a national model for standards and accountability in education, and sent the message around the world that Virginia was open for business. George Allen is also a trusted conservative leader with a long-record of fighting for the values we believe in. As our U.S. Senator from 2000-2006 he led the fight against taxation of the internet, reduced taxes on families and businesses and worked to enact a balanced budget requirement for the federal government. This is the kind of principled, experienced and results oriented leadership we need in our next U.S. Senator.”
– Lt. Governor Bill Bolling
Henrico, VA – Today George Allen received the endorsement of over 100 Tea Party Patriots throughout the Commonwealth, led by Coby Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, Laura Alcorn, Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots, Strother Smith, President of the 10th Amendment Foundation, Ben Marchi, former State Director of Americans for Prosperity and conservative Tea Party activists Tito Munoz and Carl Tate. These Tea Party Patriots cited George Allen’s strong record on fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and his unwavering commitment to protect and stand up for the Constitution of the United States.
“Governor Allen’s belief in Tea Party principles is evident in his desire to cut government spending and bring a greater degree of accountability to Washington,” said Coby Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party. “When elected, I believe he will carry our shared beliefs to the halls of the Senate, and continue the fight to leave a more fiscally responsible nation as a gift to future generations.”
“George Allen will restrain this over-reaching federal government and preserve the individual freedoms and rights that our Founders envisioned. He has a proven track record of implementing pro-growth policies that help businesses create jobs, and the experience we need to get it done,” said Laura Alcorn, Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots. “George Allen is a true conservative leader who shares our core principles. We know he will fight for our Virginia values and we are proud to fight with him.
Protect your rights by voting for George Allen for U.S. Senate! George Allen hasearned an “A” rating and endorsement from NRA-PVF and deserves your vote and support.
“This election is about protecting Virginians’ freedom and opportunity from an overreaching federal government,” Cuccinelli said in a statement circulated by Allen’s campaign. “George Allen’s record shows that he believes that government should serve the people, not be an impediment to Virginia families and small businesses.” …
Cuccinelli praised Allen’s record as governor while bashing Kaine’s.
“Tim Kaine supported $4 Billion of tax hikes, raided the Rainy Day fund and presided over the loss of 100,000 jobs,” he said.
“These two candidates have records that can be compared directly one to the other. George Allen’s record towers above Tim Kaine’s, and I’m proud to stand with George because I know he has the leadership and experience our Commonwealth needs in the U.S. Senate,” he said.
America’s Mayor, Rudy Guiliana endorses George Allen – see the video below.
On July 11th, Public Policy Polling reported Kaine leading Allen 46% to 44%, with Kaine’s lead rowing by one point since April.
Kaine leads Allen by 11 points among women, 49-38, while Allen leads among men 50-42.
On July 12th, the WSJ quoted a US Chamber of Commerce poll saying George Allen has a 5-percentage point lead over Kaine, but also says “Polls in Virginia show a range of results, with most favoring Mr. Kaine…”
General consensus is that the race is a toss-up.
Take a look at uber-Lefty Tim Kaine’s positions to see why it is so important that George Allen take his Senate seat again.
Kaine: “The President And Members Of Congress Have Passed A Stimulus Plan That Will Help Jumpstart The Economy And Accomplish Critical Objectives To Get Our Economy Growing Again.” (DNC Chairman Tim Kaine,www.youtube.com, Accessed 2/15/11)
“Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine On Tuesday Said The Stimulus Saved The Nation From The Worst Economic Crisis Since The Great Depression . . . .” (Bob Cusack, “Speaker Pelosi Bets The House On Success Of $787 Billion Stimulus,” The Hill, 2/17/10)
Kaine:“[I] Think Health Care Reform Is Going To Go Down In History As One Of The Great Achievements Of This President.” (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 1/2/11
Kaine Called The Health Care Overhaul One Of Obama’s “Proudest Achievements.” “So the president made health insurance reform a priority — and the Affordable Care Act remains one of his proudest achievements.” (Tim Kaine, Op-Ed, “The President’s Progress,” Politico, 12/31/10)
Kaine: “The Passage Of This Health Care Reform, And We’re Very Close To It, Is Going To Be The Biggest Step Forward In Domestic Policy Since Social Security Or Medicare, And It’s Also The Biggest Deficit Reduction Bill That’s Been Passed By Congress In The Last Ten Years.” (MSNBC, www.youtube.com, Posted 12/22/09)
On Health Care, Kaine Said When The American People “Immediately See The Benefits,” Then Health Care Would Be “A Great Thing Politically For The Dems.”AMANPOUR: “You mentioned health care. I want to say something that you, yourself, said about this issue when it comes to elections.” KAINE: “OK, great.” (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) KAINE: “When make this happen, and people immediately see the benefits that are going to come their way, I think this is going to be a great thing politically for the Dems. And we’re trying to show members that they’ve got their constituents behind them if they vote with the president.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 10/24/10)
Kaine Said If Democrats Kept The House, Pelosi Would Remain Speaker Because She Had Done A “Marvelous Job.” AMANPOUR: “Do you think if the House remains Democratic, Nancy Pelosi will remain speaker?” KAINE: “Yes, I do. I do.” AMANPOUR: “No question?” KAINE: “I — she’s done a marvelous job in a town where it’s hard to do heavy lifts, as you know, in doing heavy lifting in the House to work with the president, and I think she’ll stay speaker.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 10/24/10)
Kaine Said At Obama’s Halfway Point In His Presidency, His List Of Achievements “Already Dwarfs That Of Many Presidents.” “On Nov. 5, 2008, the day after Election Day, the big story was Barack Obama’s history-making win. Today, the big story is the many historic changes that he has enacted during his first two years in office. At the halfway point of this ter Hansard Society for Parliamentary Governmentm, the president’s list of achievements already dwarfs that of many presidents.” (Tim Kaine, Op-Ed, “The President’s Progress,” Politico, 12/31/10)
Kaine Said His Job As DNC Chair Is “A Wonderful Job,” And Includes Going Out And Being The President’s Advocate And Promoter. “‘My agreement with the president is I was going to do what he wants me to do,’ Kaine said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ ‘And what I know sitting here today is he wants me to continue in this spot and that’s what I’m going to do with excitement, you know, traveling all around the country, going through the TSA lines like everybody else, going out and being the president’s advocate and promoter. And it’s a wonderful job and I intend continue it.’” (Felicia Sonmez, “Kaine To Stay On As Democratic National Committee Chairman,” The Washington Post’s Virginia Politics Blog, www.washingtonpost.com, Posted 1/2/11)
Just Before Leaving His Post As Governor, Kaine Tried To Increase Virginia’s Income Tax
Before Leaving Office, Kaine Proposed A Plan To Balance Virginia’s 2010-2012 Budget, Which Included An Increase In The State Income Tax. “Kaine proposed balancing the budget shortfall for 2010-2012 by eliminating the $1.9 billion car-tax subsidy the state pays to localities and making an additional $2.3 billion in cuts through agency reductions, layoffs and requiring state employees to contribute to their pensions. Kaine proposed that localities could recoup the money lost in the car-tax subsidy if lawmakers agreed to pass an increase of 1 percentage point in the state income tax, the proceeds of which would be distributed to localities.” (Olympia Meola, “House Rejects Kaine Tax-Increase Plan,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/22/10)
The Tax Increase Under Kaine’s Budget Proposal Would Be A $2 Billion-A-Year Income Tax Increase. “Virginia’s hated local car tax would be replaced with a $2 billion-a-year income tax increase under the new budget Gov. Timothy M. Kaine presented Friday.” (Bob Lewis and Dena Potter, “Va. Gov: End Car Tax, Raise Income Tax 1 Percent,” The Associated Press, 12/18/09)
“Not A Single Member Of The House Of Delegates Voted Thursday To Support Former Gov. Tim Kaine’s Proposal To Increase The State Income Tax And Effectively Eliminate The Personal Property Tax On Vehicles.” (Michael Sluss, “Bill To Raise Taxes Gets No Takers,” The Roanoke Times, 1/22/10)
The Income Tax Change Would Have Resulted In A Tax Rate Hike “For Those Earning More Than $17,000, 60 Percent Of Taxpayers.” “The increase would mean a hike in the income tax rate from 5.75 percent to 6.75 percent for those earning more than $17,000, 60 percent of taxpayers.” (Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman, “Virginia Governor Proposes An Income Tax Increase,”The Washington Post, 12/19/09)
Kaine’s Proposal To Increase Virginia’s Income Tax Was Called A “Radical Restructuring Of The State’s Tax Code.” “Virginia’s outgoing Democratic governor, Timothy M. Kaine, proposed Friday replacing the long-hated car tax with an income tax increase, a radical restructuring of the state’s tax code that was immediately rejected by the governor-elect and other Republican leaders.” (Anita Kumar and Rosalind s. Helderman, “Virginia Governor Proposes An Income Tax Increase,” The Washington Post, 12/19/09)
Obama’s energy policies, “especially the assault on coal” is having a detrimental impact on people in coalfields and is the cause of higher electricity rates claimed Allen. He would push to open up Virginia’s coast to oil and gas drilling if elected. (“Governor George Allen Hits Roanoke Streets Before Obama Visit,” Roanoke Free Press, 7/12/12)He said Washington isn’t listening to the people of Virginia – and he’d like to unleash the state’s energy potential from the coalfields to the coast. If elected, he said, his first bill would be to allow Virginia to produce oil off its coast – and fund the state’s roads and transportation needs with the revenue this industry generates. (Debra McCown, “George Allen Stumping In Southwest Virginia’s Coalfield Counties,” Bristol Herald Courier, 7/13/12)
Rudy Giuliani Endorses George Allen (video)
Marco Rubio Endorses George Allen (video)