Allen also discussed his mother's Jewish roots, something he avoided during the 2006 campaign, and talked about her hiding her faith because of the Nazi invasion of her original country, Tunisia, during World War II. He said that her revelations made "The core principle of freedom of religion ... deeply personal in so many ways." Allen, who will likely face off against former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, did give the crowd some partisan rhetoric. "We trust the people in the states rather than the sanctimonious social engineers and liberals in Washington," he stated. But his focus on economic and not social issues showed he has adjusted to the times.