Folks hankering for former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine to hammer away at one another in the race for U.S. Senate have received their first gift of the campaign today.
Kaine’s announcement of his candidacy for U.S. Senate is only a few hours old, but his campaign is already firing at Allen, who criticized him earlier today.
Mo Elleithee, who carries the title of Kaine senior advisor, sent out a statement this afternoon responding to George Allen’s statement earlier today:
“It’s unfortunate that George Allen has resorted to name calling so early in this campaign. Virginians deserve a Senator who will focus on our nation’s economic challenges and will bring more civility to Washington.
“We agree that Virginians will have a clear choice in this race. As Governor, Tim Kaine cut $7 billion from the state budget, and Virginia was named the Best Managed State in the Nation, Best State for Business four years in a row, and Best State in Which to Raise a Child — all during the worst recession in decades. On the other side will be a candidate who supported the policies that led to record unemployment and took America’s largest budget surplus and turned it into America’s largest federal deficit –helping to CREATE the worst recession in decades. There will be plenty of time in the coming months to have this debate, once we know who our opponent will be. We look forward to it, and in the meantime, wish all of our potential opponents well.”
In other U.S. Senate campaign news, it’s clear that Kaine has been looking at U.S. Census figures showing a 91.7 percent increase in Virginia’s Hispanic population from a decade ago: There’s a Spanish-language version of Kaine’s campaign site.
And it includes a Spanish version of his announcement video: