Virginia Republican Senate candidate George Allen says his opponent Democrat Tim Kaine, another former governor of the state, is basically a surrogate for President Barack Obama and has backed the administration “on every significant issue.” Allen also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Monday Republicans have a good chance of taking control of the Senate in 2012.
“Well, I think there is a good opportunity — we need good candidates — and we need support from all over the country,” Allen said. “Our race in Virginia is between two different points of view: Tim Kaine was the handpicked chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and has been with President Obama on every significant issue — from Obamacare to these counterproductive, punishing energy policies. He is in favor of raising taxes on small business owners in the midst of this recession, which is what he tried to repeatedly do as governor.
“We are running own our campaign and putting forward positive ideas on energy and reasonable regulations to make sure that more young people — especially those graduating from college these days — have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” he said. “And, so, you have got to place tenacious defense against bad ideas and what is harming our country right now in a variety of ways — especially small businesses — and say: All right, here is how we can see America, envision a more positive future for America — and we don`t have to be accepting these diminished expectations.”
Cavuto asked Allen what the former Virginia governor thought of those with diminished expectations for America’s future, including the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“Well, the new mantra ought to be America is not a country of diminished expectations. The good news is, Neil . . . is that there are positive, constructive ideas. We ought to be reducing the taxes on job-creating businesses to make our country more competitive for investment and jobs,” Allen said. “We’re number one in the world when it comes to energy resources. If we unleashed them, the people who would benefit the most wouldn’t just be the hundreds of thousands of people getting good-paying jobs — but it’s lower- and middle-income working families who are the ones punished the most by these unnecessarily high gasoline and fuel prices.”
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