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Northam Ad Highlights Pediatric Care

Northam and Perriello took different tacks in their final debate.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 30, 2017, 11:06 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) re­leased a new TV ad in which the pe­di­at­ri­cian in a doc­tor’s coat says: “You don’t see the hatred and bigotry we of­ten see in adults, es­pe­cially today. … As gov­ernor, I want our leg­acy to be giv­ing our chil­dren the best fu­ture we can.” (re­lease)

ONE FOR THE ROAD. In their fifth and fi­nal de­bate be­fore the primary, Northam “touted his ex­per­i­ence and re­la­tion­ships in Rich­mond, say­ing they make him the ideal choice to shep­herd through prag­mat­ic policies to help work­ing fam­il­ies.” Former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) “urged a more dra­mat­ic ap­proach, say­ing the state’s next lead­er needs to cham­pi­on an ex­pans­ive pro­gress­ive plat­form, com­plete with new so­cial pro­grams fun­ded by tax in­creases on the wealth­i­est, even if it faces op­pos­i­tion from Re­pub­lic­an law­makers.”

“Asked about their biggest mis­takes in of­fice, Northam said he didn’t have re­grets and in­stead touted his work on passing a bill to ban smoking in res­taur­ants. Per­ri­ello cited his vote for an un­suc­cess­ful amend­ment to the ­Af­ford­able Care Act that would bar in­surers cov­er­ing abor­tions from re­ceiv­ing fed­er­al sub­sidies.”

“The de­bate … was held Thursday but aired Sunday.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

GET­TING DeEN­DORSE­MENT. Rep. Rosa De­Lauro (D-CT) en­dorsed Per­ri­ello in a fun­drais­ing email to sup­port­ers on Sat­urday.

De­Lauro: “He al­ways stuck to his val­ues, even if they cost him his seat. Tom wasn’t mo­tiv­ated by power or in­flu­ence; he was mo­tiv­ated by help­ing strug­gling fam­il­ies in his dis­trict.” (re­lease)

PRIMARY TWO-STEP. “In Face­book ads tar­geted to the kinds of voters who swept Trump in­to the White House,” former RNC chair Ed Gillespie (R) “strikes a harder tone, with im­ages of fed­er­al im­mig­ra­tion agents tak­ing someone away in hand­cuffs, a massive bor­der wall and piles of driver’s li­censes pre­sum­ably is­sued to un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rants.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

PRE­PAR­ING FOR JUNE 14. Gov. Terry McAul­iffe (D), who has en­dorsed Northam, says he’ll back Per­ri­ello if he wins the nom­in­a­tion.

McAul­iffe: “If Tom were the nom­in­ee the next day, I would be the first guy out there cam­paign­ing. What mat­ters to me is get­ting a Demo­crat elec­ted gov­ernor.” (CNN)

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