RICHMOND, Va (WTVR)- The arrest of a Virginia Republican Party contract employee for dumping registration forms was an issue both parties were talking about Friday, and an issue both Democrats and Republicans say they agree on.
“Is this practice being used by political activists on the other side?” asked Sen. Donald McEachin, a leading Virginia Democrat. “We are asking for a complete investigation by November 6th.”
A national Republican figure in town to stump for the presidential ticket agreed. “It’s wrong, it’s not to be tolerated,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “We need to ensure that everyone who wants to take time out of their day to vote, gets that opportunity.”
About 350 Republican supporters of Gov. Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan rallied outside of a small Henrico business, Ball Office Supplies, Friday afternoon. Christie revved up the crowd with a response to a remark made by President Obama that he couldn’t change Washington from the inside.
“You live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mr. Obama. If you can’t change it from there, then we will give you a plane ticket back to Chicago,” Christie shouted.
After the rally, Governor Christie answered campaign issue questions one-on-one, talking about Medicare and women voters.
“Governor Romney will save Medicare,” Christie insisted. “He’s not cutting 716-billion dollars like the president is proposing. He has a common sense plan to protect current seniors and people close to retirement and for those who are younger like you and I, a different plan where you can manage your own accounts. He’s certainly not misleading voters by whistling a happy tune.”
“Governor,” I asked. “It’s said that the undecided and women voters will play a big role in this election. Why should pro-choice women vote for Romney?”
“Listen, women are about more than one issue,” he responded. “To say that’s all they care about is degrading. They care about the our national security, how they’re going to put food on the table, their kids’ education and how they can pay for it. Governor Romney is in tune with all of that.”
But state Democrats say Romney is out of touch. That’s why they say Virginia will stay in President Obama’s corner.
“Regardless of the stumping, I think Virginia will remain blue,” said McEachin. “The president talks about building the economy from the middle class out and I think it’s resonating.”
With about 17 days until election day, Christie says his calendar is jammed with campaign events.