At the Democratic National Convention’s Women of the House presentation, an array of women either in the House of Representatives or running for it in this year’s election made their case for what Hillary Clinton will do as president to advance a wide variety of issues.
In their arsenal were a slew of Democratic talking points: abortion and health care rights, women in business, technological innovation and entrepreneurship, foreign policy, gun control and veterans.
Seventh District candidate Stephanie Murphy, 10th District candidate Val Demings and 21st District Rep. Lois Frankel represented Florida in the evening’s lineup.
Murphy, who served as a national security specialist with the Department of Defense from 2004 to 2008, said Clinton would be the candidate most suited to fighting ISIS in the most effective way.
“We need to be strong and smart to destroy ISIS,” she said, “not reckless and rash. We need to make sure the military has the resources they need.”
Demings, who once served as Orlando Police Chief, said you didn’t need to be a chief to see the need for gun control – especially after the Pulse shooting and other recent tragedies.
“I know firsthand the tragedy that gun violence inflicts on families,” she said. “After Pulse, which happened in our city, Congress refuses to even disarm hate.”
Clinton, she said, would enact sensible gun control.
Frankel spoke passionately about the need to care for veterans and law enforcement, saying Clinton was the presidential candidate who could do that the best.
“The military and police embody our highest ideals,” she said. “Service, selflessness, bravery. We have to ensure support, health care and any training they need, and continue to improve the lives of our veterans.”