May 01, 2012 - 1:02 pm

BY WESLEY P. HESTER

Democrats want to know where Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen stands on House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan.

After Saturday’s GOP debate in Roanoke, Allen answered that question…sort of.

“Congressman Ryan’s approach I think is a worthwhile one,” Allen said, noting three specific similarities to his own “Blueprint for America’s Comeback”: repealing the health care overhaul, simplifying the tax code and offering states greater flexibility in managing Medicaid.

“I commend Congressman Ryan for proposing a budget,” Allen said. “The senate…my goodness, they haven’t passed a budget in three years now.”

Ryan’s $3.53 trillion dollar spending plan has come under fire from Democrats for its proposals to privatize Medicare and shrink Medicaid and food-stamp programs.