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GOP Ads Focus on Opposition to Domestic Violence

By    |   Monday, 06 October 2014 11:07 AM

In a drive to shore up lagging support from female voters in the midterm elections, Republicans are staking out a strong position on a suddenly key issue — opposition to domestic violence.

As Democrats reached back to Republican voting records over the 2013 renewal of the 20-year-old Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to score telling political points with women, Republicans have struck back with a flurry of campaign ads designed to draw their votes.

"Democrats across the country, mostly men by the way, have sunk to new lows, exploiting deeply personal issues and crimes, ranging from birth control to sexual assault, domestic violence to discrimination in the workforce for their own political gain, " National Republican Senate Committee spokeswoman Brook Hougesen, told Politico.

Republicans, stung by Democrats painting them with the perception that they conducting a "war against women," are not taking the assaults lying down.

In the extremely close Florida Housee race between Rep. Steve Southerland, battling Democrat Gwen Graham, daughter of the popular former governor and Sen. Bob Graham, Southerland ran an ad featuring Erica Price, who says, "At the age of 17 I was the victim of a very violent domestic act," and stating that Southerland is "advocating" for the VAWA.

A Graham response ad blasted Southerland, saying, "His ad is troubling. While he claims to be advocating for women, Congressman Steve Southerland voted against the VAWA. And here's Steve Southerland, saying one thing in TV ads and doing the opposite in Congress."

Alaskan Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan responded to charges by incumbent Sen. Mark Begich that, as attorney general, Sullivan okayed lenient plea deals to sex offenders with an ad in which Jamilia George, who worked with Sullivan, says, I know firsthand how committed Dan Sullivan is to protecting Alaskan women from domestic violence, because I worked with him to do it. Mark Begich is shamefully and falsely attacking our work … That's stooping pretty low, even for Mark Begich."

When Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes attacked her opponent Sen. Mitch McConnell on the domestic violence issue, McConnell released a video featuring his wife Elaine Chao, in which she terms Grimes' attacks "desperate and false," and notes that McConnell co-sponsored the original VAWA.

The emergence of a shocking video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-girlfriend out with a vicious left hook in an Atlantic City casino elevator caused the domestic violence issue to take on unexpectedly significant meaning in the elections.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor ran two videos slamming his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, for failing to support the VAWA, using the director of a domestic violence shelter, Paulette Hill, to say, "We've got to do something to break this cycle of violence and Tom Cotton is not doing anything to help."

LeeAnn Riley, sister of New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, says in a campaign ad, "There was physical abuse in the home, but Scott was there to protect myself and my mom. When people ask me what kind of man he is, I tell them he'll be there for you like he has been for me."

Republican Steve Daines, Montana Senate candidate, turned to a victim of domestic violence, Rebekah Uzenski, who notes that Daines voted for the VAWA, saying, "I am so thankful that there are men like Steve out there that actually stand up for women's rights and what is right. He's courageous."

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In a drive to shore up lagging support from female voters in the midterm elections, Republicans are staking out a strong position on a suddenly key issue - opposition to domestic violence.
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Monday, 06 October 2014 11:07 AM
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