In a small crowded second-story room on College Avenue, Judge Anne Holton, wife of Senate candidate Tim Kaine, addressed a crowd of devoted Democrats.
The event was a canvas kick-off, inaugurating the new office for Kaine's campaign in the area. Most attendees were Blacksburg citizens, not students, and members of the Montgomery County Democrats.
According to Dianna Richardson, the executive vice president for the group, the space will be used primarily as an office for field operators, local canvassing efforts, phone banks and organizing meetings.
Holton addressed between 40-50 people, standing in front of of a painted wall proclaiming, “Rock the Campaign!” She focused on the grassroots movement, saying that individuals in the room were more important to the campaigns efforts than any large donors.
Holton suggested people reach out to friends, families and community members across the political spectrum to engage them in civilized discourse in a manner suitable for neighborhood friends.
“Invite your friends over to a debate watch party, give them a little food, soften every one up,” Holton suggested to laughs.
She gained a round of applause and murmurs of approval as she discussed women's rights, saying the government had no place in many of the intimate decisions women make.
“Women make up half the economy,” Holton said.
The crowd was sobered slightly as Holton discussed poll numbers, encouraging people to still act despite the fact that recent polls have consistently had Kaine edging out Republican opponent George Allen.
The stop was one of many in college towns around the state as Holton campaigned for her husband in the upcoming Senate race for the Virginia's empty seat. Holton came from Lexington and was in Roanoke today.
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