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July 07, 2005

George Allen for President?

George Will profiles Virginia Senator George Allen today in his column and provides some insight into why the Senator may be the best candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

Although the conventional wisdom has been that Senators don't stand much of a chance to win a presidential election (no Senator has been elevated directly to the Presidency since John F. Kennedy in 1960), Senator Allen also served a successful term as Virginia's governor. As recent history has shown, candidates who have previously served as governors have been more likely to be elected president.

Senator Allen has not said whether he is definitely running for President since he faces re-election to the Senate in 2006. Although he is not well known outside of Virginia I suspect he could do very well in a presidential election.

Posted by Tom at July 7, 2005 09:27 AM

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He does share a famous name with long time NFL football coach George Allen. Indeed the Senator is the son of the coach.

Posted by: eLarson at July 7, 2005 11:55 AM

I think George Allen would be a great asset as the Republican nominee. To be completely honest, I feel rather confident we don't have to worry about a liberal being in office in the near future. Granted, the Iraq war has been very bumpy and this administration has had a few bruises but the underlying fact is that most average people in this country can't relate to the liberal left. Hillary Clinton is about as crooked as her husband if not more....I think if George Allen can get in the door it will be relatively smooth sailing for conservatives and the republican party.

Posted by: Jesse at October 26, 2005 02:33 PM

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George Allen for President 2008

Posted by: Charles at March 28, 2006 01:50 PM

George Allen will do well in the primary if he enters the race, but keep in mind that he is not a limited government conservative.

Sen. Allen voted for the 2001 No Child Left Behind Bill and the 2003 Medicare Bill, both of which massively expanded the role of the federal government in education and health care, and thusly in the lives of individual Americans.

In addition to shifting power away from the local and state level (not to mention parents and the family), these policies have also contributed greatly to our current national debt.

We must seek to elevate a true conservative statesmen like Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana. A self-described "Christian, Conservative and Republican - in that order," Pence is Chairman of the 100 member strong Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in Congress.

Mike Pence in 2008!

Posted by: Brian T. Johnson at June 18, 2006 09:14 PM