Kaine, Allen Spar Over Who Would Best Serve Latinos

With polls showing the Tim Kaine-George Allen race for the U.S. Senate still too close to call, both candidates are stepping up their pursuit of Latino voters and every other potential voting bloc.

Kaine today launched his second Spanish-language television ad, “Apoyar,” featuring Virginians sharing the reasons they support Kaine for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jim Webb. The voters appearing in the ad cite what they say is Kaine’s focus on improving education and job opportunities, his support for comprehensive immigration reform, his appreciation for the culture and contributions of Virginia Latinos.

The ad brought a harsh response from the Allen campaign.

“More jobs and better education may be a part of Tim Kaine’s lofty campaign rhetoric, but unfortunately for him, his record stands in the way of his extreme makeover.  As an ‘unabashed’ supporter of President Obama, Tim Kaine championed the economic policies that have disproportionately hit Hispanic families and failed to help over two million Hispanics living in poverty,” said Emily Davis, spokeswoman for George Allen for U.S. Senate.

“Throughout my career in public service as a missionary in Honduras, a civil rights attorney, and in elected office, I have worked to bring people together and ensure everyone has a seat at the table,” said Kaine. “As senator, I will be a voice for all Virginians as we seek to improve education opportunities for our children, reform our immigration system, and strengthen our economy by supporting our small businesses, investing in infrastructure, responsibly reducing the deficit, and breaking through Washington’s partisan gridlock.”

The Allen campaign countered with accusations that Kaine’s record doesn’t support his promises.

“[W]hen Tim Kaine had the chance to make education more affordable, he instead made what he called ‘significant cuts’ to education,” Davis said. “As a result, tuition increased by 30 percent, making college even further out of reach for many Virginia families. George Allen provides every hardworking Virginian his record of making higher education more affordable while helping to create over 300,000 net new private sector jobs in Virginia.”