Cantor, Goodlatte Endorse Allen in Senate Race

August 15, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Rep. Bob Goodlatte have endorsed George Allen's Republican bid to win back the Senate seat he lost to Jim Webb five years ago.

The high-level endorsements came in a Monday conference call with reporters as Allen piles up substantial cash advantages over his chief rival for the GOP nomination, tea party leader Jamie Radtke.

Below is the joint statement by Cantor and Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Morgan Griffith:

Virginians are going to play a crucial role in determining the control of the U.S. Senate and the direction of our country. In order for America to lead once again we need like-minded partners like George Allen in the U.S. Senate. Our country can't afford to allow the Senate Democrats to continue to block the policies that will allow businesses to expand and create more jobs for Americans.

George Allen has a long track record of success implementing small government reforms that grow the economy and create jobs. He has been a longtime supporter of a Balanced Budget Amendment, introducing it in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. As Governor, he reduced the tax burden on Virginia families and businesses, fostered a pro-growth environment that helped create jobs, and left Virginia with a smaller, leaner government.

The hard working men and women of Virginia deserve a Senator who will fight for their values every day in Washington, not the failed policies of the Obama Administration. We are proud to stand with a great Virginia leader, George Allen, and we strongly support his campaign for U.S. Senate.

Cantor, the House's No. 2 Republican, gave his blessing to Allen after advancing tea party priorities in high-level talks involving the House, the Democratic-ruled Senate and President Barack Obama's White House over raising the nation's debt ceiling.

Nor was Cantor deterred that Allen never backed Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal debt ceiling proposal, which Cantor also supported.

Cantor said he and Allen are in fundamental agreement on conservative, anti-tax priorities.

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