This morning, I received an email from George Allen’s campaign. Included within is an ad that attacks the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Governor Tim Kaine. Towards the end of the video, I found this argument particularly amusing:
Given his more or less steadfast support of President Obama, one can certainly make the claim that, if elected, Tim Kaine will be more of an agent of Obama than he will be for the citizens of Virginia. But what about George Allen’s previous record in the Senate? Anyone remember him supporting No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, the conflict in Iraq, and raising the debt ceiling time and time again? During his six years in the Senate didn’t he endorse a lot of troubling bills and programs that flew in the face of limited government conservatism that then President George W. Bush supported? Therefore, using this same logic, couldn’t you easily scratch Kaine and Obama out of the picture and replace them with Allen and Bush?
This year, the citizens of Virginia have a choice for both the Republican and Democratic nominees for Senate. If you like the big government policies of Obama, then you should choose Tim Kaine. Then again, if you preferred the big government policies of Bush, then you should support George Allen.
Frankly, I want a Senator who will always stand up for my values and not simply be another mouthpiece for a president. We can do better than either Kaine or Allen. We have that choice. The only question is will you have the courage to make it?