By Cameron Joseph - 06/18/12 12:44 PM EDT
"Only one candidate for Senate actually served in Congress, and look at what George Allen did while he was there: He turned the largest budget surplus into a massive national deficit, voted to weaken Medicare and gave tax breaks to companies that shipped our jobs overseas," the ad's narrator says. "But Tim Kaine, he made Virginia the best state for business four years in a row, cut $5 billion in spending and kept Virginia's unemployment below the national average."
The ad also dovetails with Kaine's own message that his record proves he's the more fiscally responsible candidate.
The group did not announce how much money is behind the ad or whether it's running on broadcast television or just cable, but said it was being showing in the Norfolk, Richmond and Washington, D.C., markets.
Allen's campaign pushed back against the ad.
"It's disappointing but not surprising that Chairman Kaine's allies are coming into Virginia on his behalf to attack George Allen, with this latest group supported by Senators Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer," said Allen spokeswoman Emily Davis. "Virginians are looking for a proven leader like George Allen who will fight to rein in an over-spending government with a Balanced Budget Amendment, line item veto authority, and a paycheck penalty against Members of Congress who fail to pass a budget on time."
This post was updated at 5:20 p.m.