“The main thing I tell people, if you look at his record of spending and earmarks and voting for new programs like No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D, you can’t think that if you’re going to re-elect a career politician who has that record and think it’s going to be different this time around,” she said. “We don’t have time for business as usual.”
Larry Adams, a Republican from New Kent County, said it’s Allen’s experience in Washington that makes him such an attractive candidate. “He knows the ins and outs and how to get things done. And I’m going to support him.”
Jack Scureman, a self-described citizen lobbyist and friend of Radtke, said, “Jamie is a fresh face. She is what she says she’s going to do.”
Allen said he is happy to talk about his record in the Senate, though like Kaine, he often refers to his record as Virginia’s governor.
“I’ll be happy to talk about my record and my ideas, what I’ve been able to do serving the people of Virginia as governor, as well as U.S. Senator,” Allen said. “I think it’s equally important to say based on the record of performance for the people of Virginia what we need to do to get our country turned around.”
The GOP primary winner will likely face Kaine, who entered the race earlier this month and was not in attendance Wednesday. Although she is currently well behind Allen in the money race, Radtke said that will not be a problem if she makes it to the general.
“I think that Republican tea party candidates have shown themselves to have the ability when they get past the primary to raise funds,” she said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.