Virginia Republican George Allen announced Monday that he'll seek his former Senate seat next year, setting up a potential rematch with Democratic Sen. Jim Webb.
"Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate," Allen said in his announcement video. "You know me as someone willing to fight for the people of Virginia. And I'd like the responsibility to fight for you again."
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Allen also stressed what will be the focus of his campaign: cutting spending, creating jobs, balancing the budget, repealing Pres. Obama's health care reform and reducing energy costs.
Allen's decision to get the race was widely expected as he has taken several steps in the past few months to shore up support within the Virginia GOP.
Webb defeated Allen by less than 10,000 votes in 2006 when Democrats captured control of the Senate. Webb has provided few hints so far, however, about whether he'll run for reelection. Will Jenkins, a spokesman for Webb, said Monday that the Democrat will decide about the 2012 race by April.
"Right now, he remains focused on working with Senators from both parties to address the nation's greatest challenges--as he has since his first day in office," Jenkins said. "He will address the 2012 election cycle in the first quarter of this year after careful consideration and discussion with his family."