Speaking in Navy country and calling national defense “the paramount responsibility of the federal government,” Allen asked veterans in the crowd to raise their hands. He voiced concern about deep, across-the-board defense cuts that could hit early next year if Congress does not strike a deal to avoid them.
“What we need to do is not raise taxes as my opponent and President Obama suggest,” Allen said. “That will only cause more job losses. The best way to raise revenues is with a vibrant economy, where businesses, especially small businesses, are prospering, thriving, investing, hiring. People get a paycheck, not worrying about an extension of unemployment benefits.”
A Romney-Ryan bus that has been touring the state pulled into the parking lot for the event, drawing some people, including Rick Montrose, 44, and daughters Sydney, 13, and Skylar, 12. The Montroses had been having breakfast nearby and decided to check it out.
“We just wanted to show our support for future senator Allen and Randy Forbes — great men,” said Montrose, who owns a small custom fabrication business.
Aboard the bus was Pete Snyder, a Virginia technology entrepreneur and chairman of the 2012 Virginia Victory Campaign.
“We think it’s gonna be tight, but we’re going to win this thing,” said Snyder, referring to the Senate and presidential contests.
Pete Burkhimer, chairman of the Chesapeake City Republican Committee, said volunteers working in Chesapeake on Saturday had knocked on 6,800 doors — representing nearly 10 percent of the city’s households. Joining their efforts Sunday were 40 cadets who had traveled from the Citadel in South Carolina to knock on doors.
Burkhimer wasn’t quite sure how the cadets had gotten into the act.
“Angels from above?” he said. “A ton of volunteers have popped up from nowhere. . . . This is a groundswell.”
Vozzella reported from Chesapeake.