Kaine courts the women vote in Dulles
Former Virginia governor and Senate candidate Tim Kaine addressed a room full of women business leaders Tuesday at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, where he called “demeaning” the notion from his opponent that women’s issues are minor and secondary compared to the economy.
For the Democrat Kaine, who’s squaring off against George Allen, also a former governor and U.S. Senator, women’s issues can’t be viewed as entirely separate from economic issues.
“If you force women to have an ultrasound procedure against their will, and pay for it, that’s an economic issue. If you deny women the opportunity, because of ‘personhood’ legislation, to make constitutional choices, even including whether to purchase contraception, that’s an economic issue,” Kaine said at a September debate with Allen in McLean. He focused his remarks Tuesday around that line of thinking.
As the Democrat highlights in a radio ad using quotes from the debate, Kaine noted Tuesday that women make up more than 50 percent of the work force, and therefore it’s imperative to empower them with economic opportunities.
Kristin Cabral, the Democratic candidate challenging three-decade incumbent Frank Wolf, spoke before Kaine. As a wife and mother, Cabral too has made a concerted effort to court the women vote. She called out Wolf for his firm pro-life stance and his vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women.
The Republican Allen is in Northern Virginia Tuesday, as well, to participate in a “defense roundtable” in Rosslyn. Allen has criticized Kaine for his support of the bipartisan budget deal Congress struck in 2011 to avoid a federal default. That debt-reduction measure has led to the looming sequestration cuts that threaten as many as 200,000 jobs in Virginia.
Update: Oct. 16, 6:53 p.m.
The Republican Party of Virginia issued a statement after Kaine’s event claiming the Democrat is playing “Washington political games, trying to divert attention from his failed economic record and his support for policies like the sequestration deal that puts over 200,000 Virginia jobs at risk.”
“The number one issue on the minds of women in Virginia is jobs, despite Democrats’ attempts to play the gender card this election,” said state Sen. Jill H. Vogel (R-27th). “Women are often the first to know when food, fuel and electricity prices rise, and many are worried about their families’ jobs in this tough economy of many uncertainties.”