Democrats look for money and votes from women

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With just 99 days to go until election day in November, political parties and candidates are all hard at work, looking for votes.

Democrats want to make sure they get as many women's votes as they can. So they brought national Democratic Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) to Maine for a fundraiser on Monday. She also joined First District Rep. Chellie Pingree and Second District Congressional candidate Emily Cain at a pre-lunch rally.

All three women spoke to the audience about such issues as equal pay and the "Hobby Lobby" ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. That court ruling allows business owners who object on religious grounds to drop health insurance coverage for contraception. Wasserman Schultz and the others say women's health care needs should be a subject for her and her doctor, and not for employers or government.

Wasserman Schultz also took a few swings at Republican Gov. Paul LePage, saying he is "the most unpopular governor in the country."

But Republicans fired back, releasing a statement from Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) saying, in part, "...his success in strengthening domestic violence and trafficking laws while putting Maine third in the nation for post-recession employment growth prove that he is the best candidate for Maine women."


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