They’re both former Virginia governors, both after the same Senate seat. But Democrat Timothy M. Kaine and Republican George Allen will take two very different approaches to their respective party conventions.
Allen will skip the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., next week, staying behind to keep campaigning in Virginia.
Kaine will not only attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next month, but will have a prominent speaking role.
The DNC announced Monday that Kaine has been chosen to address the convention.
Other speakers announced Monday were: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and former Ohio governor Ted Strickland.
Allen spokeswoman Emily Davis said earlier this summer that the race, which has been deadlocked since the start, was too tight to allow for a trip to the convention.
“Since we are locked in a close race and can't be in two places at once, the focus will continue to be listening and meeting with Virginia families, veterans, and small business leaders on the campaign trail,” Davis said in July. On Tuesday, she said that statement still stands.