Former Republican Senator George Allen is trying for a comeback for the Senate seat from Virginia that he narrowly lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006, following comments that critics said were racist.

USA ELECTIONS“Friends, it’s time for an American comeback,” Allen said in a video on his website. “Today, I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate. You know me as someone willing to fight for the people of Virginia and I would like the responsibility to fight for you again.”

He promised a campaign for the 2012 election based on “foundational” principles that included reining in government spending and creating jobs.

Allen won’t have a clear field to the Republican nomination. Tea Party leader Jamie Radtke, for one, has announced she will seek the party’s nod for the Virginia Senate seat.

Conservative blogger Erick Erickson on RedState.com endorsed Radtke. “Once someone has been beaten, I tend to think we need not run them again for the same seat,” he wrote.