The Republican nominee for governor is aiming to win over more female voters to his campaignâ€”but not by discussing womenâ€™s issues.
Speaking to a crowd of mostly white women in Northbrook, a northern Chicago suburb, Bruce Rauner was asked about his stance on abortion. He said thatâ€™s a decision that should be left to women, their doctors and their families, but added that those arenâ€™t the issues heâ€™s focusing on during the campaign.
â€śI donâ€™t have a social agenda,â€ť Rauner said. â€ś(Lieutenant governor nominee Evelyn Sanguinetti) and I are pushing an economic and education agenda. Thatâ€™s where our focus is.â€ť
Thatâ€™s in contrast to the 2010 Republican nominee, State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), who held conservative views on both abortion and same sex marriage.
Rauner said after the event that women are just one of the typically Democratic-leaning groups he has been targeting, noting that heâ€™s spent his past two Sundays at predominantly black churches in Chicago and Rockford.