Saturday, August 18, 2012

Anne Holton kicks off campaign canvassing in Roanoke

Anne Holton talks to supporters and volunteers.

On Saturday Governor Tim Kaine’s wife, former first lady Anne Holton kicked off a volunteer canvass at the Virginia Victory office in Roanoke. Holton, a Roanoke native encouraged 50 volunteers and supporters to share Governor Kaine’s promises to create jobs and strengthen the economy as they spoke with voters in their communities.

“This is a great opportunity moment,” said Holton. “We have an opportunity in Tim’s race to send to the United States Senate somebody that will focus on bringing people together on the economy and jobs.”

She emphasized Kaine’s understanding of women’s issues and “the need for someone to understand that women are half the economy.” Holton stressed the need for the Equal Pay Act and family and medical leave issues. “We do not need legislators who are trying to put government between women and our doctors when we’re making our most intimate decisions,” she said.

Divisive issues should be left behind to enable the country to “move on together as a whole,” she said.

The polls have virtually remained tied and control of the Senate hangs in the balance. Republicans need to gain four seats. Virginia is in the tossup column for both the Tim Kaine/George Allen Senate race and the presidential race. Negative ads have filled most every station break and the Roanoke region ranked number one nationally in campaign ad spending last week.

“This is one of those years when you worry outside groups can put more zeros on a check and buy more negative advertising and think that’s how elections are won. But we know, and we’ll prove this November, that’s not the case. It’s grassroots support like you,” said Holton.

Holton talks with volunteers.

More than $8.5 million has been spent against Kaine by outside groups said Holton. Last quarter, grassroots donations helped Kaine raise nearly $3 million, marking his best fundraising quarter yet, with 70 percent of contributions generated from donors giving less than $200. Over the course of the campaign, more than 30,000 donors have joined the Kaine for Virginia campaign.

“It’s so inspiring to see so many of you here today. You’re here because you care about our country and because you believe that door knocking and talking to voters and reaching out matters. And I do too,” Holton told the volunteers.

Since the beginning of the year, Holton has traveled throughout the Commonwealth, meeting with small business owners, seniors, educators and supporters to share Kaine’s economic vision for Virginia.

Senator John Edwards, former Senator Bill Hopkins, Council members Sherman Lea and Bill Bestpitch greeted the former first lady.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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