SENATOR TIM KAINE COMES FOR LUNCH!

A dispatch from Jed Duvall–

It was a beautiful day for a drive around the Blue Ridge neighborhood and Tim Kaine did so this past Tuesday, starting with breakfast in Culpeper.

Maybe a hundred people eating and listening. But the Senator limited himself to a few sips of coffee. That’s because soon it was time to leave for the Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville, where Democrats – perhaps ninety in number – had assembled in the game room to hear him speak.

Kaine of course talked up the campaign of Leslie Cockburn — who was campaigning too, but in Danville and Farmville — and pointed out that he, the Senator, is proud to join each and every one of the seven candidates for the Congress in campaigning, and in have their names on signs. He pointed out that Republicans do not, for the most part, have both names on campaign signs, and often keep distance from one another.

The Senator touched on many national issues, naturally, but won a large burst of applause when he said the words “immigration reform.” To Kaine, the issue is not building a wall but what to do about the millions of people who came to the U.S. on visas and have simply “overstayed.” He also estimated that the issue does not mean much to President Trump, who treats it as what he called “in case of fire, break glass” – in other words, an issue useful to fall back on.

This was a campaign talk, and the Senator emphasized the final two words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “for all.” The Democrats, he claimed, are the party “For All.” As he put it, “we Democrats do the heavy lifting” even on issues, such as health care, “which benefits everyone, even those who don’t support us, and still they won’t say ‘thank you’.”

The crowd heard about the hopes for a blue wave on November 6th, but Kaine said, “we also need a blue wave of compassion and a blue wave of decency” in America.

On the many difficult issues that will face the new Congress next year, the Senator was positive. He sees the President as concerned not with principle, nor with party but only with one “p” word: popularity. His own popularity with little or no care for anything else, the Senator feels.

After an hour and three quarters of speech and audience questions, it was still a lovely day for a drive, and the Senator’s car was waiting. On to Page county, then Shenandoah and – still more stops – two events in Fairfax tonight.

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You’re needed to help get out the vote!

We need YOU to Flip the 5th! Come canvass with us each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. from now until November. Bring a friend and a reliable GPS. It’s fun, and it’s absolutely essential to getting out the vote!
And it’s easy! Come to the Rapp Dems Office (1047 Zachary Taylor Hwy Huntly VA) a little before 1 p.m. to pick up a packet and some guidelines, and GO!
Contact Bob Burney at burneyrg@me.com or (202) 342-0134 with questions.
For details about other ways for Rappahannock Dems to get out the vote go to our VOLUNTEER! page. Thank you so much for all your help!
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Upcoming Candidates Forums

Upcoming Cockburn/Riggleman Debates:

9/5 The Theater at Little Washington, 291 Gay St, Washington VA, with the Rappahannock News at  7- 9 pm

9/20 Madison County High School, 68 Mountaineer Lane, Madison VA at 7- 8:30 pm

10/8 Piedmont VA Community College, Earl Dickinson Theater, 444 College Dr, Charlottesville VA, with CBS 19 at  7:00 pm

10/22 Lynchburg, time and location to be announced.

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JSTREETPAC JOINS LONG LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS FOR LESLIE COCKBURN

WARRENTON, VA– JStreetPAC, the largest pro-Israel PAC in the country, has endorsed Leslie Cockburn for Congress in Virginia’s 5th district. This is a major endorsement that reflects Leslie’s life-long fight commitment to standing up for the state of Israel and pursuing peace.
“I am honored to be endorsed by the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. Since 2008, JStreetPAC has been working with candidates who support Israel, diplomacy and a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” said Leslie Cockburn, Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 5th district. “I look forward to having their support as I fight against dangerous, irresponsible foreign policy and battle the bigotry and intolerance that we have seen recently in our district.”
“We are proud to endorse Leslie Cockburn, who represents the goals and values of American Jews and pro-Israel voters in Virginia’s 5th District and across the country,” said Aaron Davis, JStreet Political Director. He continued, “By defeating President Trump’s congressional enablers and empowering a new wave of leaders like Leslie, we can push back on policies that are exacerbating conflict and chaos in the Middle East.”
JStreetPAC joins a growing list of diverse groups endorsing the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 5th district, which shows her commitment to fight for everyone in Virginia’s 5th district. These include: End Citizens United, League of Conservation Voters, Progressive Caucus PAC, Swing Left, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, National Committee for Preservation of Social Security and Medicare, `Moms Demand Action.
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