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Allen Ties Kaine To Obama On Expanded Oil Exploration

Kaine: Could be critical for Obama.(JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

April 8, 2011

Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) criticized former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine for not standing up to the Obama administration on oil and gas exploration off the Virginia coastline, in one of his first attacks against the Democrat since he entered the Senate race.

At a campaign stop in Burke on Tuesday, Allen highlighted a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that he supports which calls for additional drilling off of the Virginia coast.

"It'd be nice if we had a U.S. Senator from Virginia fighting for that on the Senate side as well," said Allen. "So, the Obama administration's been against it. Tim Kaine's position has hardly been an advocate of it."

Kaine, during the last year of his governorship in Virgina, requested to the Interior Department that drilling off of Virginia's coastline be delayed. Allen also criticized him for backing the administration's moratorium on drilling after the BP oil spill in his role as DNC chairman.

"There was no protest. He didn't say, 'This is wrong.' He was looking out for the views of Washington liberals as opposed to the views of the people of Virginia," said Allen.

A Kaine spokesperson responded in an email by noting, "As Governor, Tim Kaine signed into law the current Virginia policy which supports exploratory drilling for natural gas 50 miles off the coast. Governor Kaine also believes that Virginia is well-positioned to lead the nation in domestic energy production due to (its) abundance of natural resources."

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