VA Senate candidate Gillespie vows to oppose welfare expansion, deficit spending

Now running on own policies

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“I’m a week into this campaign, as you know. I’m not sure that the Republican conference is much interested in hearing what a one-week old Senate campaign has to think about this issue,” he said.

He acknowledged that Virginia voters might well be interested, but said he is developing policies deliberately by talking to researchers and voters.

“We’ve got 10 months to go in this campaign,” he said.

Virginia political observers predict that Mr. Gillespie will have a difficult time matching Mr. Warner’s campaign war chest by election time, but that doesn’t faze the Republican challenger. Virginia political observer Kyle Kondik this month moved the Virginia race from “safe Democratic” to “likely Democratic” based on Mr. Gillespie’s strength as a candidate and ability to raise funds for a serious challenge.

“I’ll be able to raise enough money to get my message out,” Mr. Gillespie said. How much is that, exactly?

“I’ll let the Democrats figure that one out,” he quipped.

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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


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