The Washington Times - December 12, 2011, 02:30PM

It didn’t take long after the first debate between former Virginia governors George Allen and Tim Kaine for the spin to begin. And now, there’s video proof.

The campaign of George Allen, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, is out with a new web ad today, titled “Going To Be Great?” that compiles several statements Mr. Kaine has made in support of President Obama’s health care overhaul — which the former governor defended at last week’s debate.


“I think health care reform is going to go down in history as one of the great achievements of this president,” Mr. Kaine says in the ad, followed by newspaper clips proclaiming that the law “stinks” and that it will raise health care costs, the deficit, taxes, and insurance premiums to a backdrop of a heart rate monitor and foreboding music.

“Tim Kaine,” the screen reads at the conclusion. “President Obama’s senator. Not Virginia’s.”

“They said that anything that is said or done is fair game,” said Dan Allen, a senior adviser to the Allen campaign. “But we don’t see this campaign as a game, especially when you see families and seniors and small businesses that are facing the consequences of the failed policies coming out of Washington like Obamacare that Mr. Kaine has wholeheartedly and vocally supported.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party of Virginia released a video of their own, titled “Priceless,” that shows a clip of Mr. Allen admitting during the debate that spending “was a problem” during his time in the U.S. Senate, then ticks off the high costs of a prescription drug program, the Bush-era tax cuts, and the Iraq War, all of which Mr. Allen voted for during his time in the U.S. Senate. The ad also includes Mr. Kaine’s line during the debate that Mr. Allen planted “time bombs” in the budget when he was a senator.

The ad plays off Mastercard’s ad campaign, finishing by saying, “George Allen finally admitting he’s a big spender? Priceless.”

“George Allen talks a lot about fiscal responsibility, but his record tells another story,” said DPVA Executive Director David Mills. “He deserves credit for admitting that his big-spending ways were a ‘problem,’ but the last person Virginians need to fix the challenges we’re facing is the guy who helped create them in the first place.”