Another day — another squabble in the Virginia Senate race over jobs plans.
For weeks, ex-senator George Allen’s (R) campaign has been criticizing former governor Timothy M. Kaine (D) over President Obama’s $447 billion jobs package, dubbing the proposal “Stimulus 2.0” and suggesting it won’t help revive the economy. This attack was only the latest on the jobs front between the two men, the likely nominees in the contest to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D).
Now, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is returning fire against Allen,
seeking to tie him to a separate jobs proposal unveiled last week by Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Rob Portman (Ohio). The DSCC cites experts who claim the plan will do little to help the economy, and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker writes that Paul’s claim the plan will create five million jobs is “ludicrous.”
The DSCC said in a release that the Senate GOP plan “mirrors George Allen’s proposals and it turns out the plan would actually cost jobs.”
Allen released his own policy blueprint in June, and there is some overlap between that and the Senate GOP proposal. Both call for reducing corporate tax rates, passing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and increasing domestic energy production. The Senate Republican plan includes a host of other proposals not mentioned by Allen.
Allen spokesman Bill Riggs wouldn’t say whether Allen would vote for the Senate GOP bill if he was back in the chamber. But he did say “Allen is the only candidate in this race to put forth a comprehensive, pro-growth plan for jobs ... to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit of America with the competitive economic, regulatory and energy policies to allow private businesses to create millions of new jobs, and the Senate bill includes many similar policy proposals.”
Riggs also said Kaine and Obama “continue to push for higher taxes and more spending, the same failed policies that didn’t work the first time.”
Kaine backs much of Obama’s jobs proposal, particularly a payroll tax cut, though he believes the measure should be offset by letting Bush-era tax cuts expire for people making over $500,000, and by eliminating subsidies for oil companies. Obama has previously proposed increasing capital gains taxes for some investors and limiting tax deductions for those making over $200,000.