As part of his "Actions Matter" tour, Tim Kaine held campaign events today with Loudoun County seniors and high tech business leaders. During town hall meetings at Leisure World retirement community in Leesburg and RagingWire data center in Ashburn, Kaine shared his vision for strengthening the economy and creating jobs by investing in talent and innovation, leveling the playing field for small and startup businesses, responsibly reducing the deficit, and breaking through Washington's political gridlock. These were the first two stops of the "Actions Matter" tour, which will highlight the differences between the records of Tim Kaine and George Allen through advertising and events.
During a morning discussion with more than 125 Northern Virginia seniors at Leisure World, Kaine shared his strategies for responsibly reducing the deficit while protecting important priorities like Medicare, Social Security and veterans' benefits. He spoke against the all cuts approach to deficit reduction and the risky privatization and voucher-style systems that George Allen voted for in the Senate and has praised on the campaign trail. Instead, Kaine advocated a balanced approach to deficit reduction and true cost saving strategies, like allowing for the negotiation of prescription drug prices under Medicare, a change which would save up to $24 billion each year.
"The all cuts strategy to deficit reduction is a weakening strategy for our economy," said Kaine. "Instead of making devastating cuts to priorities like education, Medicare, and defense, we should combine significant cuts, and I made $5 billion of spending cuts as governor, with some revenues to address the deficit. This will protect jobs, protect our economic recovery, and allow for investments in the things that grow our economy."
In the afternoon, Kaine toured Ashburn's RagingWire before holding a town hall with employees to discuss innovation and talent strategies, including ways to help veterans find work in the civilian workforce. As governor, Kaine worked across the aisle to cut $5 billion from the state budget while making important investments in key priorities like infrastructure and education. During his term as governor, Virginia was recognized as Governing magazine's best managed state in 2008 and Forbes magazine's "Best State for Business" all four years. This fiscally responsible record stands in contrast with George Allen's record as Senator when he voted for more than $3 trillion in debt, voted to raise the debt ceiling four times, and voted four times to raise his own pay.
"The economic lesson that I learned so powerfully as mayor and governor is that if you win the talent race, you win the economic race," said Kaine. "Virginia's economy has become a national leader because we decided to embrace and invest in the talent of our people. We need to make the same commitment at the national level if we're going to have the economic opportunities we want."
Since the beginning of the year, Kaine has held more than 80 economic roundtable discussions with small business owners and community leaders across the Commonwealth. The "Actions Matter" tour will continue tomorrow with a Women's Roundtable in Herndon.