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Allen Ad Attacks Kaine For Tax Comment During Debate

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Republican candidate George Allen speaks during a Senatorial debate for the Virginia U.S. Senate seat with Democratic candidate Tim Kaineon Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in McLean, Va.
 
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  Republican candidate George Allen speaks during a Senatorial debate for the Virginia U.S. Senate seat with Democratic candidate Tim Kaineon Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in McLean, Va.  

George Allen, the Republican candidate for Senate in Virginia, George Allen released a new ad this week attacking opponent Tim Kaine over tax policy.

Kaine and Allen have been neck-and-neck for most of the campaign, but a Washington Post poll released last week showed Kaine with a slight lead over his GOP counterpart.

In last week's debate, Kaine made it appear he favors placing an income tax on the 47 percent of Americans who currently don't pay one. The Allen campaign hasn't had many openings in this race, so it pounced on the remark with this new ad. 

The ad quotes Kaine as saying he would be "open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax level for everyone," and then finishes with an announcer saying, "Tim Kaine: raising taxes on everyone." 

Kaine was quick to distance himself from the comment, explaining he was saying he's open to debating different tax proposals. Fact checking website Politifact labeled Allen's new ad "false," which Kaine says is telling. 

"Yet the Allen campaign, for their own reasons, has decided, 'we'll run a knowingly false ad anyway,'" Kaine says. "I know Virginia voters pretty well and I just don't think that's what they want to see."

With negative ads flying in Virginia and voters trying to weed through the competing claims, analysts expect the race to go down to the wire.

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