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Free Press Endorsements 2018

11/1/2018, 6 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. And we believe there is no starker contrast or more clear choice for Virginia ...

Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day.

And we believe there is no starker contrast or more clear choice for Virginia voters than in the race for U.S. Senate and in contests for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th and 7th Districts.

The Richmond Free Press endorses U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine for re-election. We also support the re-election of Rep. A. Donald McEachin in the 4th Congressional District and the election of Democrat Abigail Spanberger in the 7th Congressional District. Here is why:

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine for re-election

Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine

The 60-year-old Democrat has done an admirable job in promoting the best interests of all Virginians in Washington.

In the current turbulence in D.C., we need Sen. Kaine’s steadiness and readiness to deal with the mayhem emanating from the White House. In fact, Sen. Kaine has helped block the plethora of attempts by Republicans to roll back the programs and policies that have moved America forward.

He has stood fast against GOP attacks to gut or defund the Affordable Care Act, including provisions that would deny Americans vital health care coverage for pre-existing conditions. In an effort to make health care more affordable, he supports Medicare X, a public option health care system that would allow people to buy in.

Sen. Kaine has sponsored legislation that would restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, supported tougher gun laws that we believe would help curb the rash of gun violence in this nation, and supported sensible immigration policies, including those for the young immigrants known as DREAMers.

As importantly, he backs women’s rights to determine their own health and reproductive needs. And he voted against an intemperate and highly questionable nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sen. Kaine also has worked to expand jobs and educational opportunities in Virginia through technical and vocational internships at shipyards in the state that also would boost the nation’s military readiness.

By contrast, we believe his Republican opponent, Corey Stewart, would seek to take Virginia back to a time and place we have struggled to move beyond. Mr. Stewart has campaigned openly with white nationalists and seeks to preserve Confederate monuments across Virginia and elsewhere. He also wants to get rid of immigrants and immigrant families, openly boasting about the number of immigrants who have been deported from Prince William County, where he is chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors.

That is not the America we want to return to.

Sen. Kaine’s view of a more humane, inclusive and progressive America is more in line with the Free Press philosophy and direction for our nation. His desire to work across the aisle with Republicans genuinely interested in plans that will help America move forward shows that he is not part of the quagmire that has stymied progress. We strongly support his bid for re-election.

Rep. A. Donald McEachin

for re-election to 4th Congressional District

A. Donald McEachin

A. Donald McEachin

We believe Democratic Congressman McEachin has done a solid job of representing Richmond and the metro area in a very diverse district that swings south through Petersburg and many rural communities bordering North Carolina before turning east to Chesapeake.