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Kaine hammers Allen on women’s issues in radio ad

In an effort to build on his edge among female voters, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine is out with a tough new radio ad accusing opponent George Allen of attempting to “turn back the clock” for women.

“Some politicians would turn back the clock for women. Instead of creating jobs, they tried to tell women what they can and can’t do with their own bodies,” a female narrator says with a clock ticking in the background.

“Take George Allen,” she continues. “He’d allow employers to deny coverage to women employees for mammograms and contraception. He supports legislation that could outlaw some forms of contraception. Yet, he voted against family and medical leave, and opposes measures to give equal pay to women.”

The ad goes on to tout Kaine’s support for family and medical leave and equal pay for women. “Kaine believes women can make their own health decisions, government should not intrude,” the narrator says.

The ad comes on the heels of a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal-Marist poll showing the Senate race dead even with Kaine holding a seven-point advantage among women and Allen with an eight-point edge among men.

Allen’s disadvantage among women is decidedly less significant than GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s. Romney trails President Barack Obama by 14 points among women, according to the poll, and leads overall by five points.

“Of course Tim Kaine doesn’t want to talk about his economic record and women,”responded Allen campaign spokeswoman Emily Davis. “Women are worse off than they were four years ago with the poverty rate for women the highest it’s been in 17 years, hundreds of thousands of women having lost their jobs, and many more given-up looking for work. And women are seeing Democrats’ plans to put government between patients and their doctors with the new health care law resulting in higher costs and fewer choices and government.”

Davis added: “As George and Susan Allen listen to women throughout the Commonwealth, the issues women are talking about the most are jobs, energy prices, health care and education. Tim Kaine will continue to talk about anything but his support for policies that have failed to turn around our economy and create the jobs people need.”