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Virginia’s Open Senate Seat Will Likely Feature Clash between Two former Governors

by | Apr 7, 2011

Yesterday pro-abortion Tim Kaine made his long-anticipated announcement. The former governor of Virginia (2006-2010) stepped down from his post as chairman of the Democratic National Committee to run for the Senate seat currently held by Jim Webb (D), who is retiring.

Pro-Life George Allen (left) and Pro-Abortion Tim Kaine

Kaine’s likely opponent is another former governor, pro-life Republican George Allen. Allen served as governor from 1994 to 1998 and as United States Senator from 2000 until 2006 when Webb narrowly defeated him. POLITICO’s headline was typical: “Kaine’s Senate bid sets up epic clash.”

While Kaine claims a “faith-based” opposition to abortion, he opposes overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that essentially legalized abortion on demand.  But his support for abortion is more wide-spread.

According to Holly Smith, Chair of the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC, “Tim Kaine’s conciliatory rhetoric on abortion masks positions consistent with Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations.”  Smith added, “Despite voicing support for banning partial-birth abortions, Kaine supported a ‘health exception,’ which is the loophole pro-abortion leaders sought to keep abortion unrestricted.  He also would have opposed Virginia’s recently passed clinic regulations that ensure that freestanding abortion facilities meet the same standards for safety and cleanliness as other medical facilities.”

Allen announced his intention to run for his old Senate seat in January.   During his six years  in the Senate, Allen maintained a 100% pro-life voting record.

Although an Allen/Kaine contest is likely, it is too early to say categorically who the nominees will be in November 2012.  Following Virginia’s March 28, 2012 filing deadline, the primary candidate slate will be known.  As of now Allen will face a primary challenge from pro-life tea party candidate Jamie Radtke in the Republican primary election which will be held on June 12, 2012. 

Pro-abortion Congressman Bobby Scott (D) has not made his intentions clear. He said he will declare by July whether he will challenge Kaine for their party’s nomination.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Succeed Tim Kaine as DNC Chair

Pro-abortion Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will become DNC chair at the next Democratic National Committee meeting which will be held later this month. For the next two weeks, pro-abortion Vice Chair Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and former adviser to President Clinton and Al Gore, will serve as interim chair.

Wasserman Schultz has a zero percent record on issues scored by National Right to Life.  She was an outspoken opponent of Congressional intervention to help Terri Schindler Schiavo.

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