The race for office that was all but assumed is now officially set - Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen will face off in a battle of former governors for a seat in the United States Senate.
Former Sen. Allen easily won his Virginia Republican primary Tuesday, setting up a November clash with another former governor, Tim Kaine, for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. Allen served Virginia in the Senate from 2001-2007 after a 4-year stint as the Commonwealth's governor. Kaine's run as governor ended in 2010.
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Appearing on ABC 7's Good Morning Washington, Kaine pointed to his starkly different views on the economy as what he thinks will push him past Allen and into the Senate.
"His is a strategy of pledges of allegiance to Grover Norquist, and mine is a strategy that focuses on business investments, talented workforces and fiscal balance," Kaine said.
Kaine, who took the governor's seat 8 years after Allen left it, says the race will be a great one for Virginia because of those differing opinions on how to bring the Commonwealth and the country forward.
"It's all about Virginia," Kaine said. "I think they want fiscal responsibility in the Senate."
The former governor said that he'll accept and release a list of eight debates he'll participate in across Virginia during his campaign, including a September one sponsored in part by ABC 7. In the meantime, despite pressures on the Democrats to keep not only the Senate in their control but the presidency as well, Kaine remains singularly focused.
"I have to win my race," he said.