VPOD 107: George Allen – exclusive podcast!PodcastsPolitics

Show notes:
J.R. interviews former U.S. Senator and Virginia Governor George Allen.

Allen announced this morning to supporters his intention to seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate again in 2012 and gives Bearing Drift the first online interview. He answers:

1) Why does he feel that the Senate is the best place for him to serve?

2) What lessons did he take from that 2006 campaign that will influence the upcoming one? (He addresses ‘macaca’ directly)

3) Is he conservative enough for the Tea Party?

4) How important will the social conservative movement be to his campaign, given that fiscal issues, such as job creation and the debt have dominated recent campaigns?

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Intro by Rick Jensen.

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  • Lindy

    Poor George, he was born with a plastic foot in his mouth. Grew up and became a senator and couldn’t resist the taste of that plastic voting for budgets that added trillions of dollars to our national debt. Poor George, conservative in Congress? That was when he was in the House…in the Senate he spent like a wild bull…now he wants us to believe he’s our conservative standard bearer…sorry, George, that’s Jamie! You’ve had your turn…you’ve had your day. Virginia just can’t afford six more years. You didn’t like the senate anyway, remember how you said you couldn’t get anything done there, not like when you were the all powerful governor? This is a job for a lady who will stand firm for freedom not just in the House but in the Senate too. Jamie Radtke, right for Virginia, right for the U.S. Senate.

  • JM

    REALLY Great interview Jim. Good questions. They werent soft, but I thought he did a good job with them. Good answer on Macacca. REALLY good answer.

  • http://marmorstein.org/~robert Dr. Robert Marmorstein

    The macaca answer isn’t good enough — all it says is that he still doesn’t get it. This is the same answer he gave back in 2006, “I didn’t mean it. I didn’t know. This is a distraction from the issues.” The problem is that it didn’t work then and it won’t work now. Once the media has tarred you as a racist, if you don’t respond aggressively right away, the label sticks.

  • valentinus

    Lindy,

    I have nothing against either Radtke or Allen. But Dr M noted (one of) Allen’s problem above. Radtke’s problem is the same one faced by inexperienced Senate candidates in 2010. As I posted elsewhere why do Tea Party candidates think the Senate is the first step of the ladder? Even the arrogant self inflated Obama ran for state legislator first then Congress. Radtke is not going to beat Webb in my view and I’m very sympathetic to the Tea Party. I’m doubtful that even Allen will because rematches rarely turn out well but it will be less of a blowout. Repubs need to get a military type to have the best chance against Webb IMO.

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