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    America is in danger. We face unprecedented loss of liberty, weakened national security, ignored Constitutional firewalls, and an European fiscal future. My children will inherit a severely weakened country; and her future is more uncertain than ever.

    The Senate election is just as critical as the Presidency; and my family’s choice is George Allen. Tim Kaine is an extreme Leftist/Progressive, albeit with a smooth Clintonian style. Electing him is asking for six years of Barack Obama and Harry Reid’s policies and tactics.

    As governor, Kaine fought for higher taxes, Cap and Trade, entitlement expansion, amnesty, and gun control. Kaine is very much like Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Martin O’Malley and he operates with mindset of a Richmond City Councilman, not a national leader who represents all Virginia.

    Allen accomplished more as governor with a Democratic legislature resulting in fiscal discipline, job growth, truth in sentencing, raising academic standards and creating the 529 savings plan. As senator, he upheld the Constitution, opposed taxes, and proposed market solutions and a balanced budget. He understands Washington and national defense.

    But Tim Kaine’s recent claim to be a bipartisan is the most absurd for the following reasons:

    He was handpicked by Barack Obama (who also selected Debbie Wasserman Schultz) to head the Democratic Party. Can anyone seriously argue that Obama’s chief political pitchman and fundraiser can be rebranded as a moderate?

    As Democratic National Committee Chairman, Kaine did not exercise a moderating influence. He led a historic loss of Democrat seats at all levels in government in 2010 and he saw the Democrat Party affiliation significantly decline.

    We are facing Sequestration cuts. It’s like using a chainsaw when a scalpel will do. The Super Committee broke down in November 2011 in a fight to raise taxes on the rich. Yet this is the same argument that Kaine is using to sell his “balanced approach”, which incidentally, has never been independently vetted. Would a bipartisan try to reuse a failed approach or would he propose re-evaluating cuts using a more deliberative and bottom up process? And would a bipartisan cut defense by this much in time of war?

    Under Democrat control, the US Senate has failed its basic duty to produce a budget in four years. Mark Warner and Jim Webb have been part of the problem and have voted in lock step with Barack Obama. Mark Warner is Kaine’s mentor, so why is gridlock less likely with Kaine? What would he do differently?

    Early in 2006, Kaine unilaterally signed over the Silver Line to MWAA bypassing the legislative approval and the procurement process. Now, we in NoVa are paying the price in perpetually increasing Dulles Toll Road fares managed by a corrupt organization.

    On day 6, Kaine proposed a massive tax increase. He fought like cats and dogs with the Republican House throughout his term. His regional tax idea was ruled unconstitutional, his abuser fines had to be refunded, and his Special Sessions ended in failure. He closed rest stops to try and pressure the legislature. His final budget during the recession was so poorly designed that it was summarily rejected 97-0 and even the bill’s sponsor abstained.

    Kaine failed to honor his commitment to fund transportation while overlooking $1.4 billion in unspent VDOT funds and he spent enormous energy on the Silver Line in pursuit of his green agenda.

    Kaine decided to make the so called “war on women” a center piece of his campaign and has thrown ridiculous innuendos at George Allen. Kaine’s social positions include abortion on demand, gay marriage, criticizing the Catholic Church’s lawsuit, and opposing Virginia’s marriage amendment. After he left state government for the national stage, he has steadily moved to the far left.

    Obamacare was the most far reaching, partisan, and non-transparent legislation in modern history. Most of the country wants it repealed or significantly modified. Yet Kaine has been its most visible and ardent supporter. 

    Finally, Tim Kaine resorts to unprofessional statements and racial innuendo to disarm his opponents. He answers difficult policy questions as if he is still in the courtroom. In addition, he uses religion as a political credential and to argue for “social justice” legislation while ignoring his Church’s key teachings.

    If you want a repeat of the last four years and a Leftist/Progressive ideologue representing you, then Tim Kaine is your man.  If you want a change and someone who will work with Mitt Romney, then vote for George Allen who is the only candidate with a record of accomplishments as governor and Senator.

    Thad and Doreen Hunter



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