Kaine pushes jobs, common ground in new ads

In two new ads released on Wednesday, Democratic Party Senate nominee Tim Kaine presented Virginia voters with his closing argument – sharing his economic priorities, his commitment to the Commonwealth of Virginia, his record of finding common ground in Richmond, and his committment to doing the same in Washington.

The campaign of Republican rival George Allen responded by playing up Kaine’s term as chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“As a missionary in Honduras, I learned how faith can bring people together,” says Kaine in “Always Will,” standing in front of the home where he launched his first race for Richmond City Council and where he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in April 2011.

“That experience helped me guide Richmond as mayor and then Virginia as governor through the worst recession in decades.”

During Kaine’s term as governor, Virginia was named Best Managed State by Governing magazine and Best State for Business all four years by Forbes, despite the worst national recession since the 1930s. Even in an economic downturn, Kaine convinced major corporations to relocate their headquarters to Virginia and helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars in private sector investment throughout the state.

Kaine also tells Virginians he will work to “bring more partnership and less partisanship to Washington to reduce our debt, invest in our schools and small businesses, to grow the middle class, and create jobs.”

Allen campaign spokesperson Emily Davis termed the ads a “lecture for Washington: Do what I say, and not what I do.”

“Tim Kaine’s actual words – he called Republicans ‘corrosive,’ the ‘Tea Bag Party,’ and other derogatory names – aren’t fit for hearing in the presence of small children.  While governor, Tim Kaine put politics first by choosing to travel the country giving political speeches and raising money as the Democrats’ national party chairman while Virginians faced disappearing jobs in a struggling economy,” Davis said.


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