Texas Democratic icon Wendy Davis and Florida congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy argued Friday that the November election offers picks between women who understand issues such as child care, women’s choice, and equal pay — and men who do not.
Davis, the former Texas state senator who made national headlines by filibustering an anti-abortion bill there and then ran a failed bid for the state’s governorship, spoke before a gathering of 60 or 70 University of Central Florida students and others while campaigning in Orlando for Hillary Clinton.
She was joined by Murphy, who’s running against Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, which covers Seminole and northern Orange counties, and includes UCF.
The pair spoke on numerous issues, but always with the same theme: that Clinton and Murphy offer more personal, more compassionate perspectives that would naturally forward interests for women and families, while Donald Trump and Mica could not.
“This election is going to define our identity, literally our very identity as a country,” Davis declared. “Whether we are a country that is inclusive, that dares to stand for the idea that we need to love one another, and that should be extended through the policies and programs that our government supports, or whether we are a country of intolerance and bigotry and walls. What we say to ourselves in this election, with that choice, is going to dictate how our youngest grow up feeling about who they are.”
In brief, introductory remarks and then in a question-and-answer session with the mostly young, mostly female gathering at UCF, Davis and Murphy recited a litany of issues such as affordable child care, equal pay for women, family leave, abortion rights, birth control, violence against women, discrimination against women, and wage increases. Each time, their message was that Clinton and Murphy took such issues