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Sen. George Allen Revs Up His Re-election Campaign

Friday, 14 April 2006 12:00 AM

George Allen's re-election campaign is off to a spirited start.

Crisscrossing the state of Virginia, April 11-13, making over 12 stops to visit constituents and share his vision for the future, Sen. George Allen R-Va., officially announced his re-election campaign.

Accompanied by his wife, Susan, and their three children Tyler, Forrest and Brooke, Allen rallied his team, promising a positive campaign that will motivate and inspire Virginians behind ideas and principles.

In a series of speeches, Allen spoke of keeping his promises. He reiterated his record, as the governor of Virginia, for abolishing parole and forcing criminals to serve their entire sentences, reforming welfare into a comprehensive pro-family system, cutting taxes to entice businesses into Virginia, and instituting high academic standards.

He went on to talk about his accomplishments in the Senate including tax-cutting measures, an increase in the death benefit from $12,000 to $100,000 for the families of fallen soldiers, and his efforts to keep "avaricious commissars" from taxing the Internet.

Allen also laid out his strategy for the future.

In a three-point plan, Allen said his priorities are to secure our freedom, make sure the United States continues to be the land of opportunity, and to "preserve our time-tested foundational values."

Regarding the war in Iraq and the war on terror, Allen's position was simple, "We win. They lose. And there is no substitute for victory." He took a strong stand on illegal immigration promising to work hard to secure our borders and refusing to reward illegal behavior with amnesty.

Allen said he's appalled that we're reliant on hostile nations for energy. He sees energy self-reliance as a critical component to national security. "We're the Saudi Arabia of the world in coal," he said. Clean coal technology, bio-fuels and nuclear are areas he feels must be developed.

With aggressive tax policy, Allen wants to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit, and he plans to keep America the leader in innovation and technology by providing scholarships in science and math, which will encourage youth into high-tech careers. Allen is also working with Senator Lieberman in the bipartisan National Innovation Act.

He vowed to fight hard against judges that legislate from the bench, and to support a constitutional amendment protecting marriage at the federal level and in Virginia.

To cheers and applause, Allen introduced his "Taxpayers Bill of Rights," which included the right to keep more of what you earn. His Bill of Rights includes fiscal accountability when the government spends taxpayer dollars and holds government to live within its means. And he expects the government to do its job.

He proposes to implement these rights by fighting for tax cuts, the line-item veto, a balanced budget amendment, and a paycheck penalty against members of Congress if they don't pass appropriations bills on time.

"As a delegate, a congressman, a governor, and now a senator, George Allen has always fought for Virginians and he's grateful for the trust that they have placed in him over the years," Allen campaign press secretary, Bill Bozin, said. "He's running for re-election to continue advocating common-sense Jeffersonian conservative principles to improve the lives of Virginians and Americans."

Allen's tour wasn't all business. There were plenty of personal touches along the way. Eight-year-old Brooke Allen stood next to her father on stage at each event. Forrest Allen often carried a football. And in Harrisonburg, the home of James Madison University, Allen announced that his daughter, Tyler, would be attending the esteemed school in the fall.

NewsMax spoke to Tyler Allen about JMU. "I'm going to study communications and print journalism," she said. "I like writing and I want to write a book. And I think I want to write for a magazine."

At the Harrisonburg stop, grieving mother Rhonda Winfield spoke to Senator Allen about her son, Jason Redifer, who lost his life as a soldier in Iraq. She told NewsMax that, "he believed and died for the ideals that I believe that George Allen stands for and fights for."

As Allen hugged the tearful woman, she pressed her son's dog tags into the senator's hand. "I just wanted to give him something that is so close to my heart ... there are those of us that carry this in our hearts, and support what he [Allen] stands for and someone in my family was willing to die for."

Winfield has three other sons, one who is currently serving in the Army, and two others, 9 and 7 years old. She says that they understand the cost of freedom. "They couldn't be more proud that our family has paid for that just a little bit," Winfield said.

Throughout the week, reporters pressed Allen about the 2008 presidential race. Quoting his father, "The future is now," Allen reiterated that his focus was strictly on Virginia and his re-election to the Senate in 2006.

Due to trips to New Hampshire, North and South Carolina and Iowa, Democratic opponents Harris Miller and James Webb have attempted to paint Allen as an absentee senator. Harris Miller ran an ad asking, "Where is George Allen?" An allegation that contrasts with the fact that Sen. Allen is one of the few senators that lives in his home state year round.

Allen wrapped up his re-election campaign launch on a sentimental note by returning to where his professional life and political career began, his former law office in Charlottesville, Va., on the birthday of one of his heroes, Thomas Jefferson.


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