The state of Virginia will play a key role in the 2012 elections — not only in the race for the presidency but also in deciding whether Democrats or Republicans will control the Senate, former Virginia Gov. George Allen tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
Allen is seeking to retake the Senate seat he lost in 2006 to Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who is retiring. Allen is likely to face former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, who also served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), in the general election. While both men face primary challengers, they are heavily favored to emerge as the nominees of their respective parties.
“Virginia’s key,” Allen said of the 2012 presidential race. “Our U.S. Senate race here in Virginia is one that objective observers say is crucial. If we win Virginia, the Republicans, the conservatives, take over the majority in the U.S. Senate and everyone recognizes that whoever wins the presidency, they need to win Virginia.”
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Allen said his strategy for victory is to press for “positive, constructive, proven solutions and achievable reforms to get our country going in the right direction.”
“I envision a much better future for our country rather than what we’re seeing now coming out of Washington,” Allen said.
Allen added that Kaine, in his role at the DNC, has overseen an unemployment rate that “has been well over 8 percent for the last 34 months” and was an advocate for Obamacare that has harmed seniors and the medical profession.
“It’s a real impediment to hiring for a lot of companies, whether they are medium, small or large businesses,” he said of the healthcare legislation. “I think there’s a real choice for the people of Virginia to get our country moving in the right direction and ascending again rather than having diminished opportunities.”
Allen said that Obamacare, which the Supreme Court is reviewing because of lawsuits from states including Virginia, is causing small businesses to hold off on hiring for fear of coming under provisions of the law.
“And that’s not the way we ought to be going,” he said. “I want to be the deciding vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. Tim Kaine would be somebody who obviously has been an advocate of it. He even said it was an important step toward getting our economy back on track. My goodness it’s truly derailing.”
Allen also said that Democrats are wrong to oppose a measure that would force a quick decision on building the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that could result in 20,000 jobs, cheaper fuel and greater energy security. Allen was commenting on recent statements by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in opposition to a measure that would force President Barack Obama to make a decision within 60 days on building the 1,700-mile-long pipeline that would stretch from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
The administration had postponed the decision until after the elections next year.
“I’d like him to be the minority leader after I get elected to the U.S. Senate,” Allen said of Reid. “If you want shovel ready jobs, there are estimates that there are as many as 20,000 jobs that would be created, plus it would help us have more energy security and more affordable energy in our country.
“I’m very much in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline because it would be good for jobs, it would be good for our economy and for our national security. I would hope that Sen. Reid and the president and others who are opposed to this would actually say, ‘Hey this is a good idea, let’s do it.’
"Let’s look at this as an opportunity rather than something they would want to continue to thwart.”
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