(Update at 1:25 p.m.) Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) disagreed with statements by Democratic challenger Brad Schneider of Deerfield today that he has voted against woman’s health issues.
“I am pro choice,” Dold said. “It’s long standing policy in Washington for 30 years the United States does not provide funding for abortions. President (Barack) Obama has done this in his executive orders.”
Dold was referring to a vote for legislation Schneider said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called the leave women to die act.
Dold also made it clear he favors efforts to make availability to contraception easier. “I made sure to secure passage of Title 10 so women have access to contraception,” he said.
In other news related to the race, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) told reporters this afternoon Schneider is officially part of the DCCC’s red to blue effort to regain a majority in the House of Representatives.
“He is a perfect fit for the district,” Israel said of Schneider. “Brad has the skill and experience for the job. He is about solutions. He will attract Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans.”
(Earlier at 11 a.m.) today between thanking voters at the Highland Park train station for propelling him to the Democratic nomination Tuesday to oppose for Congress in the 10th District.
Though Schneider plans to put a primary focus on employment and economic growth in his effort to win the Nov. 6 general election, he also plans to talk about social issues he believes are important to people here.
“We want to get the economy going again and stay committed to the job growth we’re beginning to see. We see President Obama’s plan starting to take effect,” Schneider said. “We also want to focus on the social issues becoming part of the Republican dialogue.”
In many of his speeches, Dold says the key issue for the country is economic. “What you hear in Washington on both sides of the aisle is jobs and the economy,” .
Schneider still thinks Dold’s approach to issues like Medicare, Social Security and women’s health distinguishes the two of them.
“He has voted consistently with the Republican majority,” Schneider said of Dold. “He has voted for what Nancy Pelosi has called the leave women to die act. He has voted against Planned Parenthood and has voted for the Ryan budget three times.”
When it comes to Planned Parenthood, .
“He (Romney) is for defunding Planned Parenthood and I’m in favor of Planned Parenthood,” Dold told Patch after a Romney rally Sunday. “I said so on the House floor.”
Dold was one of a handful of Republicans voting in favor of an amendment to the continuing resolution to maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. When the measure failed, he voted for the complete legislation to keep the government running.
The morning after winning a hard fought primary battle with three other opponents——Schneider was happy with his the way he ran his campaign.
“Each day when you wake up would you rather be us than them?” he asked rhetorically. “Essentially I said I would rather be us,” he added responding to questions about advertisements attacking him from groups supporting Sheyman.
Those attacks portraying Schneider for donating to some donations to Republicans while giving nearly all to Democrats prompted local leaders like state and to speak out against the tactics.
, who endorsed Schneider, thought his victory demonstrated the ability of local voters to see through negative advertising and vote with an informed decision.
“In our district people are very thoughtful and can see through negative advertising,” Garrett said. “They focus on the issues and get to know the candidates, particularly in a primary. They see through the robo calls and mailers to make their own independent decisions.”