Allen Announces His Run for Re-election

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

It's official: Senator George Allen made a stop in the Valley Wednesday to announce his plans for re-election. That wasn't the only issue that was a hot topic. Many wonder about a potential presidential run. Senator Allen says he's not sure what the future holds. Right now, he's focusing on this campaign. "We've got other business to attend to first, but this man would make a great president of the United States, wouldn't he," says Congressman Bob Goodlatte. The other business being a re-election bid for a second term as a United States Senator. George Allen has three goals in place for this campaign. They are securing our freedom, making sure this is a land of opportunity for all, and preserving our time tested traditional values. He says securing our homeland also means securing our borders. "One of the first responsibilities of government is to secure our borders, a country that cannot secure its own borders cannot control its own destiny," says Senator George Allen. Allen says opportunity is created through investment, creating jobs, and preventing tax increases. "Tax increases will stifle our economy so I'm going to be introducing and going to be advocating what I call a Tax Payers' Bill of Rights," says Allen. Which includes allowing citizens to keep more of their earnings, giving them a right to fiscal accountability, proposing a line item veto to the president, having a balanced budget requirement, and a paycheck penalty for members of Congress when they don't pass budget appropriations bills on time. Although Allen is seeking re-election to a six year term, the question still remains, will he be around for the entire time? "Now whatever the future may hold, for as long as God gives me breath and the people of Virginia give me trust, I'm going to seek to do the very best I can in every way I can," says Allen. On immigration, Allen says we need more border patrol, actual fences set up on the borders, and more detention centers. Many wonder, what should be done with the 11-million illegal immigrants already in the United States? "I'm not in favor of rounding them all up and sending them back home, that's not practical or appropriate, what needs to be done, is secure our borders," says Allen. Allen also announced that his daughter, Tyler, will be attending James Madison University next year as a freshman. He says Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will be on their minds a lot in the coming years.

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