Allen is officially in
George Allen has made it official. He will attempt to retake his old seat in the United States Senate.
Here is his video announcement:
His first press release as a candidate and a full transcript of the announcement can be found after the jump:
George Allen Files as Candidate for U.S. Senate
– Time for Virginia Voices and Values in Washington–
Mt. Vernon, VA – Former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen today signed and delivered his declaration of candidacy for the U.S. Senate from Virginia in 2012. Allen first alerted supporters of his decision in a personalized email message that directed them to a video announcing his plans. The video can be viewed at http://www.georgeallen.com. Although announcing his official candidacy today, he plans an official kick-off tour later in the year.
Along with the email and video, Allen released the following statement:
“As Susan and I have traveled throughout Virginia during the last several years, we’ve talked to people anxious about losing their jobs and their homes. Many parents worry that the rising national debt will rob our children of future opportunities. And people are frustrated that Washington continues to ignore their views and values. The elections in 2012 will be pivotal in determining the trajectory of our country and if we will continue to decline or begin to ascend again.
“It’s time for an American comeback with leaders who listen to ‘We The People,’ adhere to foundational principles, rein in spending and start creating opportunities for more jobs. To get there we’ll need to listen to Virginia voices – and fight to repeal the government mandated healthcare plan, pass a balanced budget amendment and line-item veto, and reduce our families’ energy costs by unleashing our American resources and creativity.
“Today I announce my candidacy for the U.S. Senate. The people of Virginia know me as someone willing to fight to restore freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all. I’m asking them to hire me on for six years so that together we can put our country back on the path to prosperity.”
Allen will continue to meet with families and businesses all over Virginia to listen and discuss ideas for achievable reforms. Follow his campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
Video Script: “Voices”
You know what we’ve been getting from Washington?
Overspending, finger pointing and government mandates.
Hi, I’m George Allen.
Susan and I have been traveling throughout the Commonwealth listening to the voices of Virginia.
And people are anxious and worried about losing their jobs, and their homes. Fearful that the rising national debt will rob our children of the opportunities we had. And frustrated, really frustrated that Washington continues to ignore us.
One of my heroes, Thomas Jefferson said that the sum of good government is a wise and frugal Government… that shall not take from the mouths of labor the bread they have earned.
I believe that these principles are as true today as they were at the foundation of our United States.
The pivotal elections coming up in 2012 are going to determine the trajectory of our country, whether the opportunity to achieve the American Dream will continue to decline, or begin to ascend again.
Friends, it’s time for an American comeback.
A comeback with leaders in Washington who listen to We The People, adhere to foundational principles, rein in spending and start creating opportunities for more jobs.
Now to get we’re going to need more leaders listening to Virginia voices.
Leaders who will fight to Repeal and replace this government mandated healthcare experiment, Pass a balanced budget amendment and the line-item veto, And reduce our families’ energy costs by unleashing our American resources and creativity.
Today I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
You know me as someone willing to fight for the people of Virginia, And I’d like the responsibility to fight for you again.
Hire me on for six years and I pledge to work hard restoring freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all.
Our cause is one we all share.
To bring Virginia’s voices and values back to Washington.
And Susan and I sure look forward to seeing you on the trail ahead, listening and discussing ideas for achievable reforms that’ll put our country back on the path to prosperity.
Thank you and please stay strong for freedom.