Virginia Senator George Allen spoke to Virginia Republicans this weekend in language that certainly made it sound like he was considering a run for the White House in 2008:
HOT SPRINGS, Va., Dec. 3 — Sen. George Allen rallied fellow Virginia Republicans to his 2006 reelection campaign Saturday, telling them that he would stand for low taxes, energy independence and opposition to “activist judges” on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Allen, who is widely thought to be considering a presidential bid in 2008, also told the state party activists gathered for an annual conference that they must stand behind “common-sense Jeffersonian conservative principles” that have helped propel the GOP in national and state elections.
With Jerry Kilgore defeated in November and John Warner not a serious candidate for higher office, George Allen is, arguably, the de facto leader of the Virginia GOP at the moment. He has taken steps in the last several months to make a name for himself, most notably by distancing himself from the Bush Administration on the Harriet Miers nomination.
Initially, at least, there are several things that Allen has said and done that appeal to me:
“We will try to motivate and inspire people for ideas, for goals, for a mission,” Allen said of the campaign during a luncheon address before about 500 people at the Homestead resort. His speech focused more on national and international issues than on Virginia politics.
“Less taxation, less litigation, greater energy independence in this country. These are the foundational ideals that [Americans and Virginians] believe in.”
Yes, I know that politicians have a habit of talking one way and governing another, but I like what Allen is saying here. Especially when contrasted with the more evangelical elements of the Republican Party.
With Virginia already having a potential candidate on the Democratic side in Governer Mark Warner, the addition of Allen into the mix should make things interesting for the Old Dominion.