With two weeks to go in the race for Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat, Democrat Tim Kaine is making an aggressive play for women voters with a series of new ads bashing Republican George Allen on issues such as abortion rights, insurance coverage for contraception, and pay equity.
Kaine’s campaign has released a set of television ads called “Virginia.” Each features a woman on screen and a script that begins with the words: “This is Virginia. George Allen would restrict her choices.”
“Full access to health care choices and equal pay are economic issues that are important to families across Virginia,” Kaine said. “Women are more than half of our economy – we need legislators who are willing to fight for policies that support women and fight against efforts to roll back rights and opportunities that are vital to our families’ economic success. As Virginia’s senator, I will reject attempts to insert government into decisions that should be left up to a woman and her doctor, and will continue to work to close the wage gap that costs Virginia women thousands of dollars each year.”
Allen’s campaign accused Kaine of trying to divert attention away from a Democratic economic record that has been bad for women.
“George Allen believes that every woman has the right to use contraceptives if she chooses, Tim Kaine knows that,” said Allen spokeswoman Emily Davis.
The Kaine ads cite Allen’s support for the so-called Blunt amendment that would let employers refuse to provide employee insurance coverage for contraception and other health services. The Senate killed the proposal earlier this year.
“This is just a desperate attempt by Tim Kaine to divert attention from his record of putting his partisan job as DNC Chair ahead of the jobs of Virginians,” Davis said. “With women’s poverty rate at the highest in 17 years, Tim Kaine should be explaining to Virginians why he supported Washington’s failed economic policies that have seen nearly 300,000 women lose their jobs and over 5.5 million women out of work. Or why he would cut education so severely that tuition went up 30% and why he tried to raise taxes on those making as little as $17,000 a year including working women, seniors and families.”
– Michael Sluss