FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2012
Kaine for Virginia Press Office
KAINE, CLYBURN, AND MCCLELLAN RALLY VOLUNTEERS IN RICHMOND
Richmond, VA – Today, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine was joined by Congressman Jim Clyburn (SC) and Delegate Jennifer McClellan to launch a canvass from the Kaine campaign’s Richmond headquarters. Kaine shared more than 100 volunteers the importance of electing the right candidates as well as the importance of preserving the kind of grassroots activism that has propelled his campaign.
“What we’re battling for is whether our campaigns will be about person-to-person politics or if it’s all going to be about negative ads and secret money,” said Kaine. “That’s why the grassroots activism that you’re all doing here today is so important. You are what is standing between maintaining person-to-person politics and a brave new world that we don’t want.”
Congressman Clyburn told volunteers that he has worked with Tim Kaine and George Allen and strongly endorsed Kaine as the best candidate to represent and serve Virginia in the U.S. Senate.
“I met Tim Kaine before he became your governor,” said Kaine. “I’ve followed his career and worked very closely with him. And I went to Iraq with another former governor and former senator from Virginia. And I can tell you, interacting with Tim Kaine and interacting with his opponent in this race, there is no comparison. I don’t have any hesitation in calling Tim my good friend. We want and need him in the Senate.”
Delegate Jennifer McClellan of Richmond shared some of the key differences between Tim Kaine and George Allen on issues of importance to women. Tim Kaine has been a strong voice for things like equal pay and has opposed personhood and mandatory ultrasound legislation while George Allen has struggled to explain his votes against things like the Family and Medical Leave Act, his silence on ultrasound and equal pay legislation, and his support for federal personhood legislation.
“The choice between Tim Kaine and George Allen could not be clearer,” said Delegate McClellan. “Senator Allen supports federal personhood legislation and he supports the Blunt Amendment which would allow employers to tell women whether they can have birth control covered in their insurance. And he refused to speak out against the ultrasound law which was unfortunately passed earlier this year. The choice could not be clearer for women. When you go down the issues it is a stark difference.”
Since the beginning of the year, Kaine has built his U.S. Senate campaign on the grassroots support of more than 40,000 donors and the strong efforts of nearly 10,000 volunteers who have made more than 1 million phone calls and knocked on more than 100,000 doors on his behalf.