Cantor, Goodlatte Endorse Allen in Va. Senate Race

By BOB LEWIS
|  Monday, Aug 15, 2011  |  Updated 4:55 PM EDT
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Cantor, Goodlatte Endorse Allen in Va. Senate Race

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Rep. Bob Goodlatte have endorsed George Allen's Republican bid to win back the Senate seat he lost to Jim Webb five years ago.

The high-level endorsements came in a Monday conference call with reporters as Allen piles up substantial cash advantages over his chief rival for the GOP nomination, tea party leader Jamie Radtke.

Cantor, the House's No. 2 Republican, gave his blessing to Allen after advancing tea party priorities in high-level talks involving the House, the Democratic-ruled Senate and President Barack Obama's White House over raising the nation's debt ceiling.

Nor was Cantor deterred that Allen never backed Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal debt ceiling proposal, which Cantor also supported.

Cantor said he and Allen are in fundamental agreement on conservative, anti-tax priorities.

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