Thursday, December 8, 2011

Virginia Senate Race 2012 - #3477 - Kaine, Allen Spar Over Obama in Virginia Debate - Washington Examiner

 Tim Kaine made his strongest defense yet of President Obama's policies Wednesday as his GOP opponent George Allen sought to cast the Democrat as a blind disciple of a president whose popularity has plummeted in the commonwealth. In the first debate of an election for the U.S. Senate 11 months away, Kaine shot back at Allen's criticisms of Obama, listing the killing of Osama bin Laden, the winding down of the Iraq War, and the auto industry bailouts as proof of the administration's effectiveness. Allen countered that Obama should have let automakers fail and the government shouldn't use taxpayer dollars to pick economic winners. The lively sparring reflected the tone of a race expected to be one of the most heated and closely watched matchups in 2012. And it showed how the candidates' fortunes could well be determined by those of Obama, who carried Virginia easily in the 2008 election, but has since lost traction. In a poll commissioned by the Richmond Times Dispatch in mid-October, only 39 percent of Virginia voters said they wanted Obama to be re-elected while 46 percent said they would back the GOP's nominee.  Read more.......

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