KAINE CAMPAIGN TO FORMER NRSC CHAIR ALLEN: IT’S ABOUT RESULTS

Richmond, VA - George Allen today launched another out-of-context, false attack against Tim Kaine. In his latest ad, former National Republican Senate Committee Chair Allen ignores his own service as a party leader.

What others have said about Gov. Kaine's service:

Gov. Bob McDonnell (chair of the Republican Governors Association):  McDonnell On Kaine’s Role At The DNC: “He's Got The Ear Of The President - Which Is Frankly Good For Me, Good For Virginia.” [The Washington Post, 2/16/11]  

Jay Timmons, former Allen Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the NRSC under Allen:  "I don't think there's any instance that anyone can cite that indicates that the governor [Governor Kaine] has not been 110 percent in command of the state and giving his full attention to his duties, and that is the ultimate issue." [Virginian-Pilot, 6/27/09]

 

What George Allen said about another Virginian serving as party chair:

Allen On Gilmore As RNC Chair While Governor: “He Is The Perfect Choice To Serve In This Prominent Position.” [Associated Press, 12/22/2000]

 

What George Allen said about his OWN service as a party leader:  

2003: Allen Said “His Main Role” Was To Elect Republicans To The United States Senate. At a press conference introducing the Republican’s leadership team, Allen said; “I’m George Allen, chairman of the Senatorial committee. My main role is to make sure that we maintain and hopefully also expand the number of Republicans in the United States Senate.” [Senate Leadership Press Conference, 1/8/03]

2002: Allen Said “I'm Going To Give All My Commitment To This Cause Of Enhancing Our Majority.” The Daily Press reported, “‘It is exciting,’ Allen said of the prospect of joining the Senate leadership. . . . The campaign committee chairmanship would increase Allen's national exposure, which already has been on the rise after less than two full years in the Senate. He has become a familiar face on the cable news networks. . . . ‘I'm going to give all my commitment to this cause of enhancing our majority,’ he said.” [Daily Press, 11/10/02]   "Instead of hypocritical attacks, Virginians are looking for results," said Kaine for Virginia Communications Director Brandi Hoffine.  "As Governor, Tim Kaine balanced Virginia's budget -- all four years, earned Forbes' Best State for Business rating -- all four years, and recruited new companies to the Commonwealth -- all four years and even in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression.  George Allen, on the other hand, was so concerned with electing more Republicans, he failed Virginia. Given his record of turning a surplus to a massive deficit and paving the way for our current economic mess, it's no wonder George Allen's more focused on empty partisan attacks than results."    


Full Fact Check: "Wants Me To Do"

CLAIM: As governor Kaine said: “I’m doing what the president wants me to do.”
 
FACT: Kaine wasn’t even governor when he made the statement in the Allen ad. 
 
Allen Ad Uses Clip From 2010 – When Kaine Was Not Governor – To Argue That Kaine Was More Focused On Being DNC Chair Than Being Governor. The Roanoke Times “Blue Ridge Caucus” blog reported, “The Allen ad opens with a clip of Kaine on the ABC News program ‘This Week’ saying: ‘I’m doing what the president wants me to do.’ The interview took place Oct. 24, 2010, 10 months after Kaine had left the governor’s office. Kaine was responding to a question about whether he would stay on as DNC chair after the 2010 elections…” [Roanoke Times, “Blue Ridge Caucus,” 10/23/12]




CLAIM: Allen says it’s wrong to serve in a party leadership role while holding elected office.
 
FACT: Allen is being disingenuous. He has never had a problem with Republicans – including himself – serving in party roles while in elected office.
 
ALLEN STRONGLY SUPPORTED JIM GILMORE SERVING AS RNC CHAIR WHILE GOVERNOR
 
Allen On Gilmore As RNC Chair While Governor: “He Is The Perfect Choice To Serve In This Prominent Position.” Associated Press reported, “[A]s President-elect Bush's pick to lead the Republican National Committee, Gilmore will become an important salesman for Bush's $1.3 trillion tax cut. . . . ‘Jim Gilmore has worked tirelessly across Virginia and beyond to advance our party and its ideas,’ said Republican Sen.-elect George Allen, Gilmore's predecessor as governor. ‘He is the perfect choice to serve in this prominent position.’” [Associated Press, 12/22/2000]
 
ALLEN’S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AS SENATOR WAS HIS JOB AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NRSC
 
Allen Upon Becoming NRSC Chairman: “I'm Going To Give All My Commitment To This Cause Of Enhancing Our Majority.” The Daily Press reported, “‘It is exciting,’ Allen said of the prospect of joining the Senate leadership. . . . The campaign committee chairmanship would increase Allen's national exposure, which already has been on the rise after less than two full years in the Senate. He has become a familiar face on the cable news networks. . . . ‘I'm going to give all my commitment to this cause of enhancing our majority,’ he said.” [Daily Press, 11/10/02]
 
2003: Allen Said “His Main Role” Was To Elect Republicans To The United States Senate. At a press conference introducing the Republican’s leadership team, Allen said; “I’m George Allen, chairman of the Senatorial committee. My main role is to make sure that we maintain and hopefully also expand the number of Republicans in the United States Senate.” [Senate Leadership Press Conference, 1/8/03]
 
2004: After The Election Allen Enjoyed Detailing His Extensive Travel As NRSC Chairman And Mentioned How Little He Had Been In Virginia. In a news conference after the 2004 election, Allen discussed his extensive travel as NRSC chairman. He said, “I was up in Alaska in January. They were very impressed that I went there in January as opposed to the summer. . . . At any rate, Alaska several times, Washington, California, South Dakota, east and west South Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, ranger Tim Michaels actually brought a football we threw it up and down the field at Lambeau Field there, Florida several times, Louisiana, I’ve been to New Orleans several times, Cajun country, North Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado several times, I’ve been a lot with our candidates. [In the future] I’ll be spending a lot of time with my friends in Virginia. Again, I’m up for reelection if I’m still alive in 2006. I’ll certainly be doing less national travel in that my role will not be as head of the Republican Senatorial Committee. I’ve loved going all around the country I’ve loved being with our candidates. . . . I love being in Louisiana. It’s great fun for Virginia and its easy being in places like North Carolina and South Carolina. There’s so many similarities. Heck I was in South Carolina and it seemed like a fifth of the people once lived in Virginia. There was even a constituent who had moved down there and had constituent service work for us to do with a waiver he needed to sign to help him out with certain projects. This is a beautiful country with wonderful people and I thoroughly enjoyed being in it but I’m looking forward to spending more time a) with my family and b) with the people of Virginia.” [Allen News Conference, 11/3/04]
 
Allen: “Karl Rove Is Somebody Is Somebody Who I’ve Worked With In The Past When I Was Chairman Of The Republican Campaign Committee, And I Really Do Admire His Knowledge.” During an interview with MSNBC’s David Gregory, Allen was asked if Rove’s grand jury appearances were a distraction. Allen replied, “Well, I have my own advisers. Dick Wadhams is my campaign manager he ran John Thune`s campaign against Tom Daschle in 2004 and he ran Wayne Allard`s campaign. Everyone has their own campaign people on their own particular race. And so Karl Rove is somebody who I’ve worked with in the past when I was chairman of the Republican Campaign Committee, and I really do admire his knowledge and I think the president also has a great deal of confidence invested in him.” [MSNBC, Hardball, 4/26/06]


  • 2003: While NRSC Chair, Allen Got To Know Karl Rove “So Well That He Knows What Rove Eats For Breakfast.” In July 2003, Roll Call reported that “in another example of political integration, NRSC Chairman George Allen (Va.) said that he has gotten to know Karl Rove, Bush’s top political guru, so well that he knows what Rove eats for breakfast - literally. Every other week Allen has a breakfast meeting, 6:30 a.m. sharp, in the White House mess with Rove to discuss strategy for the 2004 Senate races. Allen declined to spell out any specifics about what takes place or who attends - although he did add that the meetings have taken place enough times that ‘we all know what each other is going to order for breakfast.’ (Allen would not reveal what Rove has, although one attendee quipped half-jokingly, ‘Karl orders for everyone.’).” [Roll Call, 7/14/03]

 
FACT: Allen’s own former chief of staff, Jay Timmons, said criticism of Kaine serving as DNC chair was “unfortunate” and without merit.

Former Allen Chief Of Staff, Jay Timmons: “I Don't Think There's Any Instance That Anyone Can Cite That Indicates That The Governor Has Not Been 110 Percent In Command Of The State And Giving His Full Attention To His Duties, And That Is The Ultimate Issue.” The Virginian-Pilot reported, “Kaine is not the first Virginia governor to serve as the head of a national party while in office; then-Gov. Jim Gilmore was named chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2001, his final year in office. ‘I don't think there's any instance that anyone can cite that indicates that the governor has not been 110 percent in command of the state and giving his full attention to his duties, and that is the ultimate issue,’ said Jay Timmons, who served as chief of staff under then-Gov. George Allen, a Republican. ‘It's unfortunate when political parties and public officials elected at any level, regardless of their party affiliation, quibble over minutiae and process and not policy direction’ and the critical issues confronting that state and nation, Timmons added.” [Virginian-Pilot, 6/27/09]
 

FACT: Governor McDonnell said Kaine’s role at the DNC was “frankly, good for me, good for Virginia.”
 
McDonnell On Kaine’s Role At The DNC: “He's Got The Ear Of The President - Which Is Frankly Good For Me, Good For Virginia.” The Washington Post reported on McDonnell’s reaction to the possibility of Kaine running for senate: “He'd certainly be a very good candidate for his team. . . .  He's got a tough choice. He's got the ear of the president -- which is frankly good for me, good for Virginia. But I don't know if he'll do that. He's certainly the best person they've got on the playing field." [The Washington Post, 2/16/11]
 

FACT: The Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial page, which supports Allen, described critics of Kaine serving as DNC chair as “idiots.”
 
Richmond Times-Dispatch On Kaine’s DNC Chairmanship And McDonnell’s Role At RGA: “Kaine And McDonnell Were And Are Excellent Ambassadors For The State.” In an editorial headlined, “Idiots,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote, “Virginia's principal political parties must think the voters are idiots. A couple of years ago Republican partisans claimed Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine betrayed the commonwealth while fulfilling his duties as chairman of Democratic National Committee. Democratic partisans recently began to complain that Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell betrays the commonwealth while fulfilling his duties as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association and while traveling outside the state generally. . . . Both sides also imply that the District of Columbia somehow qualifies as a foreign land and that governors are derelict when they cross the 14th Street Bridge. A significant number of Virginians work in D.C.; a significant number of jobs in Northern Virginia's private sector depend on D.C. contracts. Many Virginians also enjoy the district's restaurants, museums, cultural attractions, and sports teams. The Times-Dispatch applauds governors who visit the nation's capital for business or for pleasure. We hold to the heretical view that Kaine and McDonnell were and are excellent ambassadors for the state - and would be delighted to bend elbows with either at the Dubliner or the Occidental.” [Editorial, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/23/10]
 

FACT: Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Kaine’s DNC tenure did not adversely affect his governorship.”
 
Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial: “Kaine's DNC Tenure Did Not Adversely Affect His Governorship.”  According to a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial, “When Gov. Tim Kaine accepted the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, Virginia Republicans complained that his duties diverted his attention from the needs of the state. Democrats defended Kaine's role at the DNC. Seconds after Gov. Bob McDonnell accepted the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association, Virginia Democrats complained that his new duties will divert his attention from the needs of the state. Republicans defend McDonnell's role at the RGA. Kaine's DNC tenure did not adversely affect his governorship. McDonnell's tenure at the RGA will not adversely affect his governorship, either. The partisan posturing has an amusing side. Republicans seldom applauded Kaine's administration; Democrats seldom applaud McDonnell's. Parties should rejoice when governors they despise spend less time in the commonwealth.” [Editorial, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 8/20/11]


FACT: Kaine’s final year as governor was in many ways his most successful.
 
IN 2009, ALL THREE MAJOR GROUPS THAT RANK STATES – FORBES, POLLINA AND CNBC– NAMED VIRGINIA THE BEST STATE FOR BUSINESS
 
Forbes Ranked Virginia “Best State For Business” For All Four Years Of Kaine’s Term. The Virginian-Pilot reported, “Forbes.com has ranked Virginia the ‘best state for business’ for the fourth consecutive year, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's office said Wednesday.” [The Virginian-Pilot, 9/24/09]
 
Virginia Was Named Top State For Business By CNBC In 2007 And 2009. [CNBC.com, 2007, 2009]

  • CNBC: Virginia “Has What It Takes” To Emerge From “An Economy Turned Upside Down.” CNBC reported, “It has been a year of seismic shifts in American business and in the competitive landscape. An economy turned upside-down. What state has what it takes to emerge from all that? America's top state for business 2009, Virginia.” [CNBC, Street Signs, 7/23/09]

 
Pollina Corporate Real Estate Report Named Virginia Most Pro-Business State In 2007 And 2009. [Kaine Administration Press Release, 3/19/07; Virginian Pilot, 6/24/09]
 
2009: PEW CENTER ON THE STATES PRAISED VIRGINIA AS ONE OF THE STATES BEST DEALING WITH THE WORST RECESSION SINCE THE 1930s
 
2009 Pew Study Praised Virginia Budgeting During The Recession, Saying Virginia Was “Better Positioned To Weather Bad Times.” The Pew Center on the States issued a report in February 2009 titled, "Trade-off Time: How Four States Continue to Deliver," which praised Virginia as one of four states leading the nation in making wise budget decisions during the recession. The report specifically praised Virginia Performs -- a program created by Governor Mark Warner and expanded by Governor Kaine -- for allowing Virginia “to systematically tackle the state’s budget crisis and increase agency productivity.” As a result of Virginia’s budgeting and management practices, the report stated that the Commonwealth "will be better positioned to weather bad times.” [Trade-off Time: How Four States Continue To Deliver, The Pew Center On The States, 2/11/09]
 
AP: Kaine Cut Nearly $6 Billion And Balanced The Budget. The Associated Press reported, “While the recession depleted revenues, Kaine and the General Assembly cut nearly $6 billion and never finished a fiscal year with insufficient funds…” [Associated Press, 11/10/11]
 
Washington Post: “During Most Severe Economic Downturn Since The 1930s,” Kaine’s “Performance Did The State Proud.” In an editorial, the Washington Post wrote that during his four-year term as Governor, “Mr. Kaine's formidable talents, intellectual, political and otherwise, were put to the test” by “the most severe economic downturn since the 1930s.” According to the Post, “Mr. Kaine rose to the occasion. . . . And even in cutting hundreds of jobs and $7 billion from the state's budget, he did so with an eye to preserving the safety net for its most vulnerable citizens. Virginia's financial and budgetary travails have been no worse than those of other states, but its future is almost certainly brighter than most. His performance did the state proud.” [The Washington Post, 1/10/10]
 
RAIL TO DULLES
 
2009: Working With The Bush Administration, Kaine Secured Federal Funding For Rail To Dulles. According to the Washington Post, “U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters gave the final federal seal of approval to plans to extend Metrorail to Dulles International Airport…ensuring that the $5.2 billion project can move forward without restrictions. […] ‘It's an exhilarating feeling,’ said Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who praised Peters and Northern Virginia's congressional delegation for working together to keep the rail line alive. ‘It's going to be a wonderful project for the whole region.’” [Washington Post, 1/8/09]
 
2009: Kaine Announced Signing Of $900 Million Full Funding Agreement For Dulles Rail Project. Kaine said the following in a statement on the signing of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Full Funding Grant Agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the MWAA: “One of my top transportation priorities has been to see Dulles Rail become a reality. The signing of the $900 million Full Funding Grant Agreement for Phase 1 of the project is an accomplishment that has taken more than 10 years to achieve and I am proud to have this honor.”  [Kaine Administration Press Release, 3/10/09]
 
Washington Post Editorial: “The Fact Is That The Silver Line Was Nothing More Than A Moribund Plan On Paper Before Mr. Kaine’s Move.” A Washington Post editorial said, “In their more partisan moments, some Virginia Republicans like to lash out at Mr. Kaine for his decision, in 2006, to hand control of the Silver Line project to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. . . . But the fact is that the Silver Line was nothing more than a moribund plan on paper before Mr. Kaine’s move — which, by the way, was made in conjunction with key Republicans such as Rep. Frank Wolf (Va.) and then-Sen. John Warner. Today the Silver Line is nearly halfway to the finish line.” [Editorial, The Washington Post, 4/16/12]
 
SMOKING BAN
 
March 2009: Kaine Signed Into Law A Ban On Smoking In Bars And Restaurants. According to the Daily Press, Kaine “signed into law a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars . . . The ban is a significant victory for Kaine in his final session in the executive mansion, and is likely to become a campaign trail issue this fall, when all members of the House of Delegates stand for re-election.” [Daily Press, 3/10/09]
 
RELOCATIONS AND EXPANSIONS
 
Hilton
 
Kaine: Multimillion Dollar Relocation Of The Hilton Hotels Corporation Headquarters To Fairfax County, Virginia Would Create More Than 300 Permanent, Full-Time Jobs. According to a February 2009 press release issued by Kaine’s office, “Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced global hotel powerhouse Hilton Hotels Corporation will invest at least $17 million to relocate its headquarters from Beverly Hills, California, to Fairfax County, Virginia. The project will create more than 300 permanent, full-time jobs in Fairfax County within the next 36 months. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and the District of Columbia for the project. ‘Hilton is a globally recognized brand that will be a great corporate addition to Fairfax County,’ Governor Kaine said. ‘Adding this hospitality industry leader to the Commonwealth’s list of corporate headquarters is a major coup for Virginia. I commend everyone involved in bringing Hilton to the Commonwealth.’” [Office of Governor Kaine, 2/4/09]
 
SAIC
 
SAIC Moved Headquarters To McLean In 2009. According to the Virginian-Pilot, “The technology and defense contractor SAIC has moved its headquarters from San Diego to the company’s McLean campus, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced. […] SAIC will invest $25 million in the region and will add 1,200 jobs over the next three years, Kaine’s office said. SAIC also has offices in Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. It has 45,000 employees worldwide, including 17,500 in the Washington area.” [Virginian-Pilot, 9/25/09]
 
Northrop Grumman
 
January 2010: Kaine Called Northrop Grumman’s Announcement To Relocate To The DC Area "Great News For The Region." The Washington Times reported, “Defense contractor Northrop Grumman  said Monday it would relocate its corporate headquarters to the Washington area, setting up intense competition among local governments to secure the aerospace giant. The company, now based in Los Angeles, said it would pick a home for its new offices by spring and complete the move by summer 2011. Northrop Grumman plans to house 300 employees in the new headquarters, adding to its more than 20,000 employees already in Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland. . . . Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine called the announcement ‘great news for the region.’ Northrop Grumman is already Virginia's largest private employer.” [The Washington Examiner, 1/5/10]

  • April 2010: Northrop Grumman Chose To Relocate Global Headquarters To Virginia; Virginia, Maryland, And DC Had Been Competing For The Headquarters Since January 2010. The Washington Post reported, “Northrop Grumman has chosen Northern Virginia as the new home for its global headquarters, ending a heated competition among Virginia, Maryland and the District for the prestige of playing host to the defense contracting giant. . . . In January, Northrop's newly picked chief executive Wes Bush outlined plans to move the company's headquarters from Los Angeles to be closer to the U.S. government, a shift that will involve about 300 headquarters staff.  Virginia, Maryland and the District all sought to lure the company to within their borders.” [The Washington Post, 4/27/10]

 
Rolls Royce
 
Kaine: Rolls-Royce’s “Plant In Prince George County” Proved That “Manufacturing Is Thriving With Innovation” In Virginia. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “About 200 people turned out yesterday for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Rolls-Royce Plc’s planned aircraft-engine components plant in Prince George County, first announced nearly two years ago. […] Kaine called the start of construction at Crosspointe good news in challenging economic times. ‘This investment means a lot of things,’ Kaine said. ‘For those who wonder about whether manufacturing in the United States is dead or being offshored, this is a strong investment on the ground to say, ‘No, manufacturing is not only alive, manufacturing is thriving with innovation and technology and educational partnerships.’’” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/20/09]
 
SPARTA Composites
 
2009: Kaine Helped Bring SPARTA Composites To Suffolk Creating 206 Jobs. A press release from the office of Governor Kaine said, “Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that SPARTA Composite Products, a division of SPARTA, Inc., will invest $13.2 million to open a manufacturing facility in the City of Suffolk. The company will manufacture composite parts for the aerospace and defense industry, creating 198 jobs over a five-year period. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia, Florida and Iowa for the project. SPARTA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cobham plc. The new facility is expected to be operational in December 2009. Hiring will begin in the 3d quarter of 2009.” [Press Release, Office of Governor Kaine, 3/3/09]
 
Vaughan-Bassett Furniture
 
Kaine Announced Expansion Of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company In Galax; Expansion Was Projected To Create 100 New Jobs And Save 500 Existing Jobs. According to a March 2009 press release issued by Kaine’s office, “Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company will invest $2.15 million to expand its manufacturing facility in the City of Galax. The project will create 100 new jobs and save 500 existing jobs. Virginia successfully competed against locations in North Carolina and Asia for the project. ‘I am thrilled to announce the expansion of an important Virginia-founded company,’ Governor Kaine said. ‘Vaughan-Bassett Furniture is the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture in the U.S. and began in Galax in 1919. The company has thrived in the Commonwealth for nine decades and will continue to be a significant employer and corporate partner in Southwest Virginia.’ […] The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Galax and Virginia’s aCorridor to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Kaine approved a $75,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Galax with the project.” [Office of Governor Kaine, 3/6/09]
 
AREVA And Northrop Grumman
 
With Officials From Northrop Grumman And AREVA, Kaine Called “New $363 Million Manufacturing Facility” His “Most Significant Economic Development Announcement.” According to the Daily Press, “Calling it the most significant economic development announcement in his 3 1/2 years as governor, Timothy M. Kaine…joined officials from Northrop Grumman Corp. and French nuclear giant AREVA to break ground on a new $363 million manufacturing facility on the James River waterfront. Once operational in early 2012, the joint venture will produce large components for nuclear power plants for the United States and abroad and employ about 540 in Newport News. The 330,000-square-foot facility is the first major domestic investment in nuclear power in more than 35 years, and officials hope it will mark the revival in the U.S. nuclear energy sector.” [Daily Press, 7/23/09]
 
IN 2009, VIRGINIA ACHIEVED HISTORIC DROP IN THE INFANT MORTALITY RATE
 
Kaine Called The Drop In “Virginia’s Infant Mortality Rate” A “Bit Of Really Good News” But Recognized The Need To Continue “Closing The Gap In Racial Health Disparities.” According  to the Daily Press, “Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today announced that Virginia’s infant mortality rate has dipped to its lowest level ever. Kaine highlighted a dramatic decrease from 7.7 deaths per 1,000 births in 2007 to 6.7 deaths per 1,000 in 2008. That represents an overall decrease of approximately 12 percent. […] ‘Today is the first bit of really good news we have’ that the efforts are paying off, Kaine said. Officials said additional funds for programs were given to 10 communities that experienced the largest number of infant death in 2006. Among them were Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield. ‘While we mark today’s announcement as a major milestone in the health care outcomes of our commonwealth, we all know that there is still work to be done,’ Kaine said during a news conference. ‘We have not only set a new benchmark for Virginia’s overall infant mortality rate, we are seeing encouraging progress in closing the gap in racial health disparities.’” [Daily Press, 8/5/09]
 
CRIMES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
 
2009: Kaine Enhanced Laws To “Protect Victims Of Sexual Violence” By Doing Away With “Some Antiquated Aspects Of Virginia Law.” According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, “Gov. Timothy M. Kaine…presided over the ceremonial signing of several laws designed to further protect victims of sexual violence. […] ‘There were some antiquated aspects of Virginia law that weren't just in the books - they were being used,’ Kaine said in a brief interview. ‘So I think anything we can do to make sure we're treating [victims] of sexual and domestic violence in a better way is good. ‘I really applaud the commission that came together and put these [ideas] on the table, and the legislature for working together in a bipartisan way to pass them.’” [Richmond Times Dispatch, 6/3/09]
 
Governor Kaine Announced Executive Orders On Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence. According to a September 2009 press release issued by Kaine’s office, “Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced two executive orders that build on recent successes in improving the Commonwealth’s response to sexual assault and domestic violence. The Governor announced these actions at a domestic violence conference sponsored by the Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protective Orders (GEAP) partnership. ‘Every year, far too many Virginians suffer from sexual assault and domestic violence,’ Governor Kaine said. ‘The actions I’ve announced today recognize the need for further improvements in the Commonwealth’s response to victims of these crimes and for collaboration among all community partners in the years to come.’ Executive Order 92 directs the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services to accept and store Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERK) received from health care providers. This provides an additional resource to emergency room physicians and forensic nurses who serve as first responders to victims of sexual assault by providing the forensic medical exam. […] Executive Order 93 establishes a sexual and domestic violence work group to continue to implement the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual Violence and to further build on the work of the GEAP partnership. The work group will be composed of several state agencies, including the Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Department of Health, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Social Services and the Department of State Police. The Executive Order also extends an invitation to victim advocacy groups, forensic nurses, local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and the judiciary. These Executive Orders build on the work of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual Violence and several pieces of legislation passed by the 2008 General Assembly.” [Press Release, Office of Governor Kaine, 9/30/09]
 
2009: KAINE COMPLETED GOAL OF PRESERVING 400,000 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE
 
Kaine Celebrated Conservation Of 424,103 Acres Of Virginia Land During Term As Governor. According to the Virginian-Pilot, “Kaine says Virginia has exceeded his goal to conserve 400,000 acres during his term. Kaine said Friday at an appearance at Monticello that 424,103 acres have been conserved since his administration’s first fiscal year in 2006. . . . Kaine says the conservation effort has resulted in the creation of three state parks, five state forests, three wildlife management areas and 13 natural area preserves.” [Virginian-Pilot, 1/10/10]
 

FACT: When Allen was in the Senate, he was focused on politics, while doing a disastrous job as a Senator.
 
Washington Post: “Quite Simply, [Allen] Is A Mediocre Senator Whose Six Years Of Undistinguished Service Do Not Justify Rehiring.” [Editorial, Washington Post, 10/18/06]
 
AFTER STEPPING DOWN AS NRSC CHAIRMAN, ALLEN FOCUSED ON RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
 
Allen Took Six Trips To Early Primary States To Explore Presidential Bid. [C-SPAN, 6/17/06]
 
Allen: “If I Had My Druthers, I Would Have Been Born In Iowa.”  The Daily Press reported on a speech Allen gave in Iowa: “‘My parents were actually married in Sioux City, Iowa.’ said Allen, who was born in California. ‘If I had my druthers, I would have been born in Iowa. But at that time, I had to be really close to my mother.’” [Daily Press, 3/19/06]
 
VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS SAID ALLEN LOST RACE IN 2006 BECAUSE HE WAS FOCUSED ON IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, NOT VIRGINIA
 
Prominent Virginia Republicans Were Bitter At Allen For Losing Race In 2006 Because He Was Focused On Building Support In Iowa And New Hampshire. Robert Novak wrote in his syndicated column, “ALLEN'S BLUNDER - Prominent Virginia Republicans are bitter at Sen. George Allen for losing his seat in the Senate, causing a Democratic majority there, because of his now deflated presidential ambitions. These critics charge that Allen took for granted his re-election against what looked like a weak Democratic field and concentrated on building an organization in key presidential test states, headed by Iowa and New Hampshire. Accordingly, Allen did not have an effective Virginia campaign structure in place when his own mistakes jeopardized his election to a second Senate term.” [Chicago Sun Times, 11/12/06]
 
Allen Was Accused Of Becoming Detached From Virginia’s Concerns After Becoming A Senator. The Washington Post reported, “But Richmond lobbyist Charlie Davis said Allen ‘lost his way’ when he went to the Senate and failed to grasp the state's changing demographics and moderating politics, especially in population-rich Northern Virginia. ‘Once he got inside the Beltway, he got absorbed and detached from the state,’ Davis said. ‘When he was governor and he was around the state capital, he was with real people every day who were not reluctant to share their feelings. You get to D.C., for some reason he did not realize the landscape here was changing dramatically.’” [Washington Post, 11/10/06]
 
ALLEN NEGLECTED HIS JOB IN THE SENATE
 
2006: On The Day Ben Bernanke Was Confirmed As Chairman Of The Federal Reserve, Allen Had No Idea That He Had Even Been Nominated. The New York Times Reported, “The important presidential nominee who is scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Tuesday is widely regarded as brilliant. . . . Wall Street may be intensely interested in just about every word ever uttered by Mr. Bernanke, the former Princeton economist and chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers who is President Bush's choice to succeed Alan Greenspan. But in Washington, he is barely on some people's radar screens. Indeed, here is what Senator George Allen of Virginia, who is considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said when asked his opinion of the Bernanke nomination. ‘For what?’ Told that Mr. Bernanke was up for the Fed chairman's job, Mr. Allen hedged a little, said he had not been focused on it, and wondered aloud when the hearings would be. Told that the Senate Banking Committee hearings had concluded in November, the senator responded: ‘You mean I missed them all? I paid no attention to them.’” [New York Times, 1/31/06]
 
ALLEN WAS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION’S “LOYAL FOOT SOLDIER”
 
CQ: George Allen Voted With George W. Bush Over 95% During Senate Career. According to Congressional Quarterly, during his career Senator George Allen had a Presidential Support score of over 95%. [Congressional Quarterly Annual Almanacs 2001-2006]
 
Washington Post: Allen “Has Spent His Time In The Senate In Lock Step With The Bush Administration.” In October 2006, the Washington Post, comparing George Allen and Jim Webb, opined: “Mr. Allen lacks any comparable independent-mindedness. He has spent his time in the Senate in lock step with the Bush administration, embracing tax cuts that have imperiled the nation’s fiscal health; subsidies for oil and gas companies that hardly needed the help; prisoner detention policies that have undercut America’s image abroad; and restrictions on embryonic stem cell research despite its medical potential.” [Editorial, Washington Post, 10/18/06]
 
Virginian-Pilot: “Allen Has Been A Loyal Foot Soldier For The White House.” According to a Virginian-Pilot editorial, “Allen has held office during six tumultuous years, and almost no one would say that the nation is in better shape today than when he arrived in Washington, D.C., in January 2001.  The defining moment of those six years was the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In response, Allen has followed in near perfect lockstep with the Bush administration.  Is that what Virginians want, or not? That is the central question of this election. Not just on the Iraq war, but on tax cuts and most domestic policy, Allen has been a loyal foot soldier for the White House. Last year, according to Congressional Quarterly, his votes supported the president 96 percent of the time. Only two other senators were more faithful. The upcoming campaign needs to parse those votes and the nuances of Allen’s positions, particularly on the war and national finances. The national debt ceiling has been lifted four times in the past five years, for an aggregate increase of more than $3 trillion. Behind those numbers lies the Bush administration’s schizophrenic policy of cutting taxes while ballooning spending on the war, an unaffordable Medicaid prescription-drug benefit and other domestic programs. Allen has been one of the president’s most vocal champions on all of these budget-busters.” [Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, 4/15/06]
 
Roanoke Times: Allen’s “Almost Sycophantic Enabling Of The Bush Administration’s Most Troubling Policies Has Ill-Served Virginia And The American People.” In June 2006, the Roanoke Times editorialized that Allen’s “almost sycophantic enabling of the Bush administration’s most troubling policies has ill-served Virginia and the American people.” [Editorial, Roanoke Times, 6/10/06]
 
ALLEN’S RESULTS AS A SENATOR SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
 
Washington Post: “[Allen’s] Legislative Contributions Have Been Marginal At Best.” In an editorial, the Washington Post wrote, “At the same time, Mr. Allen has accomplished little for his state's most dynamic region, Northern Virginia. Other Republican members of Virginia's congressional delegation -- Sen. John W. Warner and Reps. Thomas M. Davis III and Frank R. Wolf -- have played vital roles in advancing transit and other priorities while Mr. Allen was busy grooming himself for a possible 2008 presidential race. Many of the initiatives that Mr. Allen has undertaken in the Senate are the easy stuff -- relatively noncontroversial measures that lavish money and favors on his constituents. . . . [Allen’s] legislative contributions have been marginal at best. He is no one's idea of a heavyweight in the Senate.” [Editorial, Washington Post, 10/18/06]

Allen Took A Huge Budget Surplus And Turned It Into A Massive Federal Deficit. The Washington Post reported, “When Bush took office in January 2001, the government was forecasting a $5.6 trillion budget surplus between then and 2011.” As CNN put it: “[T]he federal budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, making it the largest in U.S. history.” The Washington Post continued, “Instead, it is now expecting to accumulate an extra $3 trillion in debt -- including a record $415 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.” [CNN, 9/27/2000; Washington Post, 10/8/04]

As Senator, Allen Voted For Every Appropriations Bill That Came Up, Adding Over $3 Trillion To The National Debt. PolitiFact Virginia wrote, “Under the budgets approved during Allen’s term, debt climbed by $3.202 trillion. Congress sets budgets through a series of appropriations bills, and Allen supported all of the roughly four dozen bills to hit the Senate floor during his term. . . . Radtke said debt increased by $3 trillion during Allen’s Senate term, a figure equal to $16,000 per second. The actual figures were $3.202 trillion, or $16,896.68 per second.”  [Richmond Times-Dispatch, “PolitiFact Virginia,” 4/15/11]

Allen Voted For Budgets That Contained 52,319 Earmarks Worth $121.8 Billion. PolitiFact reported, “Allen, as a senator, voted on the budgets from fiscal years 2002 to 2006. The 2007 budget did not pass until the end late January of that year, a few weeks after Allen left the Senate. He was defeated the previous fall by Democrat Jim Webb. The five budgets Allen voted on included 52,319 earmarks valued at $121.8 billion, according to the Citizens Against Government Waste. Hansen said that Radtke’s campaign, seeking to be conservative in its claim, chopped off about 25 percent the Citizens’ numbers and estimated Allen voted for 40,000 earmarks valued at $90 billion.” [Politifact Virginia, 4/18/12]

Allen Voted for Every Deficit-Growing, Budget-Busting Bush Budget. [Vote 74, 3/16/06; Vote 363, 12/21/05; Vote 114, 4/28/05;  Vote 58, 3/12/04;  Vote 134, 4/11/03; Vote 98,5/10/01; Vote 86, 4/6/01]
 

CLAIM: Kaine supported items in the president’s agenda such as “a government takeover of health care.”
 
FACT: PolitiFact rated this claim as their “Lie of the Year” in the past and already criticized Allen for repeating “A falsehood that won’t die,”
 
PolitiFact's “Lie Of The Year” Was The Claim That The Affordable Care Act Was “A Government Takeover Of Health Care.” In an article entitled, “PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: ‘A government takeover of health care,’” PolitiFact wrote, “PolitiFact editors and reporters have chosen "government takeover of health care" as the 2010 Lie of the Year. Uttered by dozens of politicians and pundits, it played an important role in shaping public opinion about the health care plan . . . The phrase is simply not true. . . . PolitiFact reporters have studied the 906-page bill and interviewed independent health care experts. We have concluded it is inaccurate to call the plan a government takeover because it relies largely on the existing system of health coverage provided by employers.” [PolitiFact, 12/16/10]
 
Allen’s First Paid Communication Had PolitiFact’s 2010 “Lie Of The Year.”  In Allen’s first paid communication of the campaign, he ran a radio ad stating, “Obamacare: A government take-over of healthcare.” [Allen Radio Ad, “Send A Message,” 6/6/12]
 
Politifact: Allen’s Claim In His June 6th Radio Ad That Health Care Reform Was A “Government Takeover” Is “A Falsehood That Wont’ Die.” In a ruling subtitled, ‘A falsehood that won’t die,’ Politifact Virginia reported, “Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen has been a relentless critic of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, calling it ‘a government takeover of health care.’ He used that phrase in a radio commercial that ran just before his victory in the June 12 Republican Primary, during a June 15 speech in Washington to the Faith and Freedom Coalition and in a June 16 speech at the GOP state convention in Richmond…  The ‘government takeover of health care’ is a potent political charge that does not hold up under examination. We rate Allen’s claim False.” [Politifact Virginia, 7/1/12]
 

CLAIM: Kaine supported the “failed stimulus.”
 
FACT: Even Governor McDonnell acknowledged the stimulus was helpful.
 
McDonnell Said Stimulus Helped Us In The Short Run And Said President Obama Deserved Some Credit. The Washington Post reported, “Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) wandered off script somewhat Sunday as a surrogate for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, conceding that President Obama’s stimulus measures helped his state weather the economic crisis. . . . ‘Did it help us in the short run with health care and education and spending to balance the budget? Sure,’ . . . During his CNN appearance, when asked whether Obama deserved ‘just a tiny bit of credit’ for helping the economy, McDonnell said: ‘Well, sure. I think there are national policies that have had some impact.’” [The Washington Post, 6/3/12]

U.S. Has Created More Jobs In Last Two Years, Than Were Created In The Entire Time Allen Was In The U.S. Senate. The U.S. has added more private sector jobs in the last two years – 3.9 million -- than were added during Allen’s entire tenure in the Senate. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]

Washington Post: “CBO’s Own Analysis Found That The Package Added As Many As 3.3 Million Jobs To The Economy.” Reporting on the congressional testimony of CBO Director, Douglas Elmendorf, the Washington Post reported, “CBO’s own analysis found that the package added as many as 3.3 million jobs to the economy during the second quarter of 2010, and may have prevented the nation from lapsing back into recession.” [Washington Post, 6/6/12]

CBO Director “Emphatic About The Value Of The 2009 Stimulus;” 80 Percent Of Economists Agree That Stimulus Lowered Unemployment. The Washington Post wrote, “Did the stimulus work? Certainly not according to Republicans, who regularly blast President Obama’s ‘failed’ economic policies on the campaign trail… But on Wednesday, under questioning from skeptical Republicans, the director of the nonpartisan (and widely respected) Congressional Budget Office was emphatic about the value of the 2009 stimulus. And, he said, the vast majority of economists agree. In a survey conducted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 80 percent of economic experts agreed that, because of the stimulus, the U.S. unemployment rate was lower at the end of 2010 than it would have been otherwise. ‘Only 4 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed,’ CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee. ‘That,’ he added, ‘is a distinct minority.’” [Washington Post, 6/6/12]

PolitiFact Confirmed That The Stimulus Was A Tax Cut For 95% Of Working Americans. PolitiFact reported, “During the campaign, the independent Tax Policy Center researched how Obama's tax proposals would affect workers. It concluded 94.3 percent of workers would receive a tax cut under Obama's plan based on the tax credit to offset payroll taxes. . . . Because the stimulus act did give that broad-based tax cut to workers, we rate Obama's statement True.” [PolitiFact, 1/28/10]

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