After two positive ads, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine is taking aim at opponent George Allen in a new ad, titled “Actions Matter.”
The simple 30-second spot feature Kaine comparing and contrasting the two candidates’ fiscal records, painting Allen as a reckless spender.
“As governor, I cut $5 billion in spending, balanced the budget and cut my own pay,” Kaine says. “George Allen increased spending 45 percent as governor, helped turn a record surplus into a massive deficit as Senator and voted four times to raise his own pay.
He concludes: “Now that’s a real difference.”
Kaine’s ad comes on the heels of a positive ad released earlier in the day by the Allen campaign, laying out Allen’s vision of the future.
While the new ad marks the first soft attack of the campaign for Kaine, whose two previous spots have been positive, Allen in July released an ad hitting Kaine for his support of last year’s bipartisan budget deal that resulted in looming defense cuts set to take effect at the end of the year.
Conservative group Crossroads GPS on Tuesday launched three new ads hammering Kaine.
“Tim Kaine’s TV career has reached a new low as he peddles a fake ‘fiscal responsibility’ record with the hope that Virginians won’t know a scam when they see it,” Allen campaign spokeswoman Emily Davis said in response to Kaine’s new ad, claiming that Allen cut his pay by 10 percent each year as governor while Kaine waited until his second year to cut his pay by 5 percent.