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Monday, February 13, 2006

Off and Running?

Today's online American Spectator has a nice article on Senator George Allen's appearance at CPAC. 22% of attendees chose Allen as the frontrunner for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, putting him at the front of the pack.

Senator Allen appeared on Fox News Sunday and left me quite impressed after this exchange with the mercurial Chris Wallace:
WALLACE: Senator Allen, whatever the reason, I'd like you to take a look at some numbers from the latest FOX News Opinion Dynamics Poll that's coming up here.

Forty-two percent of those surveyed say that it would be better for the country if Democrats win control of Congress in November. Thirty-four percent choose the Republicans. How do you explain that big edge for the other guys?

ALLEN: It's hard to explain. It's very hard to explain. I think that they'll look at individual races and individual candidates. I think that people are going to see the Republicans do stand strong for national security, making sure that our troops, as Senator Reed said, have the equipment and the armaments for their safety when protecting our freedom.

We do need energy independence, and we do need more development of oil and natural gas in this country. Republicans, for the most part, want development on the North Slope of Alaska. Democrats, for the most part, are opposed to it.

We want to improve education for young people. This is a bipartisan effort. I'm working with Senator Lieberman, Senator Ensign and others to upgrade our engineering and science education in this country.

A big difference is taxes. Republicans want to keep taxes low. Democrats want to increase taxes. The tax cuts that we passed have actually spurred economic growth. Four and a half million new jobs have been created in the private sector. Raising taxes will make this country less competitive with less opportunity for people to get good- paying jobs.

And the other issue is values. And I think Republicans stand with most people thinking we need fiscal sanity. Personally, I think the president ought to be accorded the power I had as governor of the line-item veto to knock out non-essential spending.

And as far as Congress is concerned, I find it absolutely absurd the full-time legislature can't get their appropriations bills done on time, and I think we ought to have a penalty and hold up salaries and paychecks after October 1st if the appropriations bills are not passed.

And finally, judges is a big values issue, and the Democrats generally have tried to obstruct judges who understand their role is to apply the law, not invent it.

It's all pretty much boilerplate Republican positioning, but the ease with which he delivered this statement spoke volumes about the high comfort level with which he holds these positions and about his natural capability to articulate them.

Unlike, say, McCain, Allen looks for those ideas that will unite Republicans. I appreciated his certitude about basic conservative ideas.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would to read your points of view on the Iraq ads currently being televised in Minnesota.

2/14/2006 5:06 PM  

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