By David Sherfinski-The Washington Times
Republican frontrunner George Allen shrugged off jabs from his U.S. Senate opponents Friday in the state partyâ€™s final debate before the June 12 primary.
The debate at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church marked the last chance for Delegate Robert G. Marshall, tea party activist Jamie Radtke, and Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson to put any major dents into Mr. Allen â€” and Ms. Radtke and Mr. Marshall took advantage of the opportunity.
â€œBarack Obamaâ€™s left-hand man, Tim Kaine, will not run to the right of me on spending,â€ Ms. Radtke said, alluding to the Kaine campaignâ€™s attacks on Mr. Allenâ€™s tenure in the U.S. Senate, when the national debt increased by $3 trillion. â€œThis point in time does not call for politics as usual.â€
Mr. Marshall once again highlighted his legislative victories over Mr. Kaine, such as successfully suing over taxing districts in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads that were eventually declared unconstitutional.
â€œI am concerned that if our former senator is the nominee, when word gets out to the press â€” with Tim Kaineâ€™s money â€” about the past votes to increase the debt ceiling, divert trust funds, expand federal programs â€¦ what will Republicans do?â€ said Mr. Marshall, Prince William Republican. â€œHow will they make a principled, fiscal conservative case? Tim Kaine canâ€™t make those arguments against me.â€
Mr. Jackson, meanwhile, took a different tack. Though he passionately made his points about the countryâ€™s need to get back to its constitutional origins and argued that he was the right candidate at the right time, he also broached the need for the four adversaries to heal and come together when the primary contest is finished.
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