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U.S. Senate candidate tours Southside Virginia

Former Virginia Governor and former United States Senator George Allen who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U. S. Senate seat brought his campaign to Halifax County Tuesday touring Lindstrand Technologies before speaking with a group of supporters gathered at Ernie’s for a Dutch treat lunch.


Allen began his Southside visit at 8 a.m. in Mecklenburg County holding a small business roundtable at the Lamplighter and visiting the Microsoft Data Center at 9:30 a.m. 

He traveled to South Boston where he toured Lindstrand Technologies, a small business he was instrumental in helping to get federal funding to kick-start local operations.

Before grabbing lunch at Ernie’s Tuesday afternoon, Allen campaigned around the room talking with the approximately 60 people who attended.

He referenced talking points from his Blueprint for America’s Comeback, a pro-growth plan of action to get the country back on course by focusing on jobs, competitiveness, freedom and opportunity.

“There is so much concern about jobs and the economy,” said Allen. “I want everyone to know that not only is Virginia open for business, but America is open for business,” he added.

He focused on several main points
including his desire to work to make America competitive for jobs and the need to unleash natural resources.

In his Blueprint for America’s Comeback, Allen advocates unleashing the nation’s plentiful energy resources and removing many self-imposed barriers to energy production to create hundreds of thousands of new, good-paying jobs, increase the supply of affordable energy, make the nation less vulnerable to outside forces, generate revenues to the government — without raising taxes — and keep money here in the U.S.A.

“We need to keep our money here in the United States, and we can do so if we unleash our natural resources,” said Allen.

He also spoke of inflated gas prices stressing the cost of gas has more than doubled since President Obama took office and Tim Kaine was chosen as his chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  

“Some families and businesses are now paying nearly $40 more every time they fill up a 20 gallon tank,” Allen said. “When Obama was inaugurated, the average price of gas was $1.85. It’s $3.79 now. That is really hurting small businesses, and it doesn’t have to be this way.

“Washington is just flat out of touch,” he added.

The candidate for U.S. Senate recognized Senator Frank Ruff, Delegate James Edmunds and South Boston Mayor and retired Major General Carroll Thackston and told those in attendance how proud he was to be working with these men who serve in government positions close to the people here in Southside.

Allen answered several questions from the audience and thanked everyone for coming out before he left for his next stop in Danville.

“Thanks for being here and for caring about our country…I think anyone who drives a car should be on our side,” said Allen.

After leaving South Boston Tuesday, Allen toured the JTI Leaf Services facility in Danville and ended the afternoon at a Danville Small Business roundtable at Mary’s Diner.

The son of former NFL Head Coach George Allen, Allen served Virginia in the state legislature, as the 67th governor and in both bodies of the U.S. Congress, winning election to the Senate in 2000. 

Allen will likely face another former Virginia Governor, Tim Kaine, as the pair vie for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Jim Webb.