Presumptive GOP Senate candidate George Allen has picked up the support of one of his former rivals. Tim Donner praised “Allenâ€™s commitment to reducing the size, scope and control of government.â€ Democratic rival Tim Kaine, meanwhile, spotlighted debate comments that he said showed Allen’s continued support for privatizing Social Security.
The two former governors have been citing each other’s records to highlight the differences between them, with Allen espousing smaller government and lower taxes and Kaine calling for increased support for transportation, education and healthcare.
Donner pulled out of the race after last weekend’s GOP primary and said his endorsement was based on Allen’s “unambiguous opposition to Obamacare to his strong stand on the critical issue of energy independence to his legacy as a governor that was perhaps the most consequential in recent history.”
“Gov. Allen has demonstrated through experience and judgment that he is more than capable of carrying the fight to the leftists seeking to assume control of every area of our lives,â€ Donner said.
The Kaine campaign, meanwhile, distributed a video of debate comments made by Allen which the campaign said showing Allen “doubling down” on his support for President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security.
Asked about the future of Social Security, Allen said, â€œI have voted for allowing individuals additional options for their retirement security.â€
The Kaine campaign charged that if George Allen had been successful, the average senior would have lost thousands in retirement savings as the stock market bottomed out.
â€œGeorge Allenâ€™s continued support for reckless plans to privatize Social Security and leave benefits to the whim of a volatile stock market would have been disastrous for the income seniors rely on, and would still be disastrous today,â€ said Kaine for Virginia Press Secretary Lily Adams.