Richmond, VA - POLITICO reported today that Tim Kaine won the month of July with a strong debate performance. In addition, POLITICO notes that George Allen's campaign has been called out by outlets including the "conservative Washington Times" for playing politics with a debt crisis that George Allen's six years of reckless spending in Washington helped create. This week, in a conference call with reporters, Tim Kaine laid out a forward-looking, balanced approach Congress should take to avoid harmful cuts to defense while still taking significant steps to reduce the deficit. See below for POLITICO's analysis:
Tim Kaine’s campaign believes he emerged from his second debate with George Allen having accomplished two central goals: jumping on every chance to tarnish Allen’s fiscal record and continuing to position the Democrat as the more bipartisan candidate. One Virginia political analyst said Kaine “prevailed” by not appearing as contentious, which may be why Allen has yet to agree to the eight general election debates Kaine has agreed to. Allen’s team also seemed to overreach by attacking Kaine for supporting last year’s deal to raise the debt ceiling — the conservative Washington Times noted that Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Gov. Bob McDonnell took essentially the same position.
Who won July: Kaine
Latest poll: Kaine 46 percent, Allen 45 percent (Rasmussen Reports, 500 likely voters, July 16-17)