Richmond, VA - Today, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton campaigned across the Commonwealth to encourage supporters to get involved in this election and kick off grassroots canvasses with hundreds of volunteers and supporters. Kaine kicked off canvass efforts in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and Sterling, while Holton addressed supporters in Page County.
"This is a very close race so grassroots enthusiasm and energy is important. I can't win without you," Kaine told canvassers in Sterling. "I want to win because I think I offer a better vision, but I also want to win because I think we are fighting to preserve something very important in our political system. American politics has always been at its best when it's person to person interaction and this new frontier of secret money super PACs is threatening to make that irrelevant."
Kaine’s statewide day of action kicked off canvasses with nearly 100 volunteers in Roanoke, 100 volunteers in Charlottesville, 200 volunteers in Harrisonburg, and more than 75 in Sterling. After hearing from Kaine, those volunteers went out into their communities to speak to their friends and neighbors about the Virginia Senate race.
"The differences in this race are very clear," said Kaine. "On the big issues of the day--how we strengthen the economy, how we address the federal budget, and how we break through Washington's partisan gridlock--my opponent and I have a very different record and a very different approach. I think I offer a better vision for the future of the Commonwealth and the country."
At the Page County Democratic Committee Prime Rib Dinner, Holton shared the some of the reasons why so many Virginians across the Commonwealth are supporting Kaine’s candidacy.
“As Richmond City Council member, mayor, lieutenant governor, and governor, Tim has always shown a unique ability to bring people together to solve problems,” Holton told the crowd in Luray. “During his term, Tim helped increase pre-k enrollment by 40%, expanded public transportation options, and worked to ensure access to quality health care for all Virginians. And as our next senator, I am confident that Tim will work to break through the Washington gridlock and achieve results for Virginians.”
Kaine will continue his grassroots stops on Sunday with canvass kick offs in Oakton and Manassas.