FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2008
NARAL Pro-Choice America Targets Battleground House and Senate Campaigns in "Race of the Week" SeriesPro-choice candidates in Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, New Hampshire, and New Mexico are focus of online blog posts, ad buys, and web content
Washington, DC – In the last month of the 2008 election season, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced the pro-choice candidates and races the organization is targeting in battleground states as part of its 'Race of the Week' series. Along with educating voters across the country about Sen. Barack Obama's pro-choice record, the organization will be advocating on behalf of fully pro-choice House and Senate candidates in key battleground states, including Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New Mexico.
"While the nation remains focused on presidential politics, we urge pro-choice Americans to remember that down-ballot races are just as important in protecting women's freedom and privacy," Keenan said. 'NARAL Pro-Choice America plays a unique and crucial role of reaching Republican and Independent pro-choice voters and persuading them to vote for pro-choice candidates, regardless of party affiliation. Voters, including theses pro-choice Republican and Independent women, deserve to know where all candidates stand on reproductive-health issues, and NARAL Pro-Choice America will be working hard to educate these voters straight through to Election Day."
"Race of the Week" Highlights:
- U.S. House Race in Michigan 7: Pro-choice Mark Schauer (D) v. Anti-choice Rep. Tim Walberg (R). Rep. Walberg is fully anti-choice and even votes against measures to improve access to birth control while State Senator Schauer voted against numerous anti-choice bills in one of the most hostile legislative bodies in the country.
- U.S. Senate Race in New Hampshire: Pro-choice Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D) v. Anti-choice Sen. Jon Sununu (R). As governor, Shaheen signed legislation repealing New Hampshire's pre-Roe law making abortion a felony. She also signed a bill to ensure health insurance coverage for contraceptives. Sen. Sununu has never voted pro-choice, and even opposes birth control, sex education, and teen-pregnancy prevention programs.
- U.S. House Race in Minnesota 3: Pro-choice Ashwin Madia (D) v. Anti-choice Rep. Erik Paulsen (R). Paulsen introduced numerous pieces of anti-choice legislation in the Minnesota State House, including bills on abortion reporting requirements, constitutional standards for abortion, biased counseling and mandatory delays.
- U.S. Senate Race in Colorado: Pro-choice Mark Udall (D) v. Anti-choice Bob Schaffer (R). Rep. Udall has received a 100% pro-choice rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America since he was elected to Congress in 1998 and is a co-sponsor of the Prevention First Act. Former Rep. Bob Schaffer (R) is staunchly anti-choice, opposing not just legal abortion but also contraception and sex education.