Valley Crucial in U.S. Senate Race

By: Estephany Escobar
By: Estephany Escobar

Candidates for U.S. Senate Tim Kaine and George Allen visited Harrisonburg on Sunday.

Both of them say winning the Shenandoah Valley is crucial in the upcoming election.

"I have a lot of connections here so I hope that I can come up here tell the story and tell them why is important and I think we'll do well," he said.

Former Virginia Governor Kaine spoke at the Democratic Labor Day Celebration at the James Madison University campus.

He said it's important to campaign as much as possible before election day.

"When you get to a place you are in the labor day weekend. I mean you can see a finish line that's energizing not only for the candidate but for supporters," Kaine said.

Ella Pascale who is supporting democrats this year said Kaine shares her same values.

"I think we have candidates that are doing what is needed for seniors, particularly for women and certainly for college students and family members," Pascale said.

She said he has strong ties in the region because he started coming to the area even before he was governor.

"He cares for what goes on in Harrisonburg and he speaks for a very strong plurality of democrats in the city," Pascale said.

Allen was also campaigning in Harrisonburg at the Blue Ridge BBQ festival.

He said in other elections he has been number one in Rockingham and Augusta county.

"Winning this election is gonna be close," Allen said.

He said he even skipped the national convention to bring more voters.

"I would much rather be with the people of Virginia here in the Shenandoah Valley that down at the convention in Tampa," he said.

Student James Moore who supports Allen said it's important he is at events like the festival.

"George Allen is one of the few politicians in local affairs meaning Virginia that comes out and meets common people at their common events," he said.

Moore said his top issue are education and jobs.

"It took me about two years to try to find a job," Moore said.

Allen said he thinks in this election students will vote Republican.

"I actually think as a group, young people are gonna be on our side," Allen said.

Kaine said he thinks the youth vote is going to be important in this election.

"A lot of issues on the table affect students and it's only right that students should have a say," Kaine said.

Moore said he will vote for Allen because he is one of the few politicians who is more non-partisan.

"Talk is cheap, we need action," Moore said.

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