USA Today highlights Betsy Rader as a “badass” female candidate

Thursday, November 1, 2018
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USA Today highlights Betsy Rader as a “badass” female candidate
Rader is one of many women candidates who’s running on ‘toughness’ in 2018

Novelty, OH – On Thursday, USA Today reporter Lindsay Schnell published a story highlighting women candidates who are breaking the mold in 2018 by showing voters their toughness. The piece highlights Betsy Rader’s first TV commercial where she’s riding her bicycle, sharing the story of being hit by a car while riding her bike as a kid. The ad closes with Rader committing to voters that she’ll fight to maintain protections for people with pre-existing conditions–Rader’s opponent Congressman David Joyce voted 31 times to repeal such protections.

USA Today: Forget the pantsuit. In 2018, ‘badass’ female candidates show strength after decades of being told how to look, sound and act

November 1, 2018
Lindsay Schnell
Key Points:

  • Women across the country are running in record numbers this year, many in furious response to President Donald Trump. But it’s not just the number of women running that make 2018 different — it’s how they’re running. After decades of being told to look, sound and act a certain way, female candidates across the U.S. are bucking the traditional concept of electability, proudly showing off their physical strength in campaign ads that feature them boxing, mountain climbing, SCUBA diving and more.
  • In Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, located in the Northeast corner of the state, Democrat Betsy Rader hops on a bike in an ad and talks about when she was hit by a car as a child, which led to back problems, a spinal fusion and what insurance companies could now consider a preexisting condition. She uses it as a jumping off point to promise that she’ll fight for constituents’ healthcare if she beats Republican incumbent David Joyce, who has held the seat since 2012.