Obama focuses on women's issues in Denver
August 8th, 2012
06:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama focuses on women's issues in Denver

Denver (CNN) – At the first stop of a two-day campaign trip through Colorado, President Obama made his pitch to female voters, telling a crowd here that on women's health issues his opponents "want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950's than the 21st century."

"The decisions that affect a woman's health, they're not up to politicians, they're not up to insurance companies. They're up to you," Obama said. "And you deserve a President who will fight to keep it that way. That's the President I've been. That's the President I will be if I get a second term as President of the United States, to keep moving this country forward."

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Standing under a sign reading "Women's Health Security," Obama was surrounded by female supporters onstage at the Auraria Event Center and used his remarks to repeatedly criticize likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney for failing to stand up for the issues important to women.

"Mr. Romney is running as the candidate of conservative values. There's nothing conservative about a government that prevents a woman from making her own health care decisions," the president said to a predominantly female crowd of 4,000 people near downtown Denver. "We're not going back to the days when it was acceptable to charge women more than men for health care."

Referencing a Romney campaign conference call earlier this year during which the campaign declined to take a position on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Obama boasted that it was the first bill he signed into law, showing that fair pay is a top priority for him.

"When my opponent's campaign was asked if he'd fight to guarantee an equal day's pay for an equal days work, you know what the campaign said? They said we'll get back to you on that," the president said to laughter and boos from the audience. "That's not a good answer: we'll get back to you on that. He won't say what he'd do about it. You've got my answer."

The president also highlighted his two female nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court. While remarking on the effect that the Court could have on women's rights in the future, Obama pointed out that Wednesday is the three-year anniversary of the day Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat.

"Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of Elena Kagan taking her seat on the Supreme Court," Obama continued. "So let's be very clear. The next President could tip the balance of the Court in a way that turns back the clock for women and families for decades to come."

Obama was introduced by Georgetown University Law Center graduate Sandra Fluke, who was at the center of a controversy last year after testifying to Congress about the importance of providing birth control to employees of religiously affiliated institutions.

"We have a president in President Obama who understands the importance of women getting access to the care they need when they need it, and we must remember that we have another candidate, Mitt Romney who wants to take that all away," Fluke said.

The Obama campaign released a web video on Wednesday morning featuring actress Elizabeth Banks who talks about the importance of Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration's policies on women's health. The campaign is also airing television ads in Colorado and other battleground states, calling Romney "out of touch" on women's issues.

In a Quinnipiac/CBS News/New York Times poll of likely Colorado voters released on Wednesday, Obama leads Romney by 8 points with women, but trails by seventeen points among men. This number is down from 2008 when Obama beat GOP nominee John McCain by 15 points among women in Colorado, according to CNN exit polls.

Women made up roughly 53% of the national electorate in 2008, and voted for Obama over McCain by a margin of 13 points.

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  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    ...even if it means trampling upon Constitutionally guaranteed religious freedoms. Because the power of the government is supreme and the power of the Supreme Leader cannot be challenged. After all, it is the power of the government that bestows rights and liberties upon us, not God. Thank you Supreme Leader Obama.

    August 8, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. obama is a loser

    what about a lieing president, obama is no better than a horse thief

    August 8, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Speaking of women's rights, what does Obama say about negotiating with the Taliban and pretty much giving them back Afghanistan in 2014? Sorry ladies, Mullah Omar is coming back to Kabul.

    August 8, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. myviewis

    So this is what Obama thinks of us women, sex machines. Our lives are about hitting the bed and getting rid of an unwanted, unplanned pregnancy. Nothing else is more important to us than have the peace of mind that when we are busy in bed we won't get pregnant. So much for years of thinking we can concentrate in studying to become a veterinarian, manager, nurse, IT consultant, chef, pilot, dentist, professor, politician, business owner, pharmacist, banker, referee, coach, soldier, football player, lab technician, etc... Oh no, in President Obama's eyes we are sex machines having a way out of an unwanted, unplanned pregnancy. Thanks for thinking so low of us women. I wish CNN would do some reporting on how far we women have come from pregnant, barefooted and in the kitchen.

    August 8, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    The only jobs the GOP wants to create are for "manning" those vaginal probes they want made legal.

    A job sure to the please the GOP base of dirty, old, white men!

    August 8, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |

    Very proud of Mr President Obama

    August 8, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. DAVID

    the GOP by their own actions seen to want to own ,supervise, manage the outcome and use of all womens reproductive organs!

    August 8, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    The twit bully bishop has alienated women, not the down trodden rethug women though, all over the country and the world.
    Our reproductive rights are our own. We don't need a bunch of old white men holding a bible and hiding behind their viagra and cialis to tell us what to do.
    That is why mcdonnell is NOT going to help his ticket as vp. He has had enough problems with the internal va gi nal probe rules he wanted to bring forth in Virginia amont other things.

    August 8, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. bassman

    Pres. Obama never called Gov. Palin for being called the c-word. He never call Laura Ingraham after she was called a right-wing slut. He never called Willow Palin after Letterman joked about raping her. He did call a George Washington student. She will be a 1% in a few years. Pres.Obama is only worried about the "war on women", when its a Liberal woman.

    August 8, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. thinksense1

    I guess I'm one of the few women thank think it's insulting to say that women can't pay for their own birth control. If it is my body then I am responsible for taking care of it. No one else should need to pay for activities that I indulge in on my own personal time.

    August 8, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. FedUp

    OK. So if the decisions are up to the woman, doesn't that mean it is up to her to pay for them? Of course, when insurance companies pay for vasectomies, and penis enlargements, then it is only fair for them to pay for birth control for women.

    August 8, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. Dave, Central Illinois

    Gee, maybe Mr. Charming needs something called substance versus slogans. Women are to smart to be fooled by a crook like Obama twice.

    August 8, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Sheriff JOE

    b. o. is EVIL

    August 8, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Really?

    I would rather go back to the 50's than the Dark Ages with Obama (no pun intended).

    August 8, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Really?

    I'll tell you who is really out of touch with women: those who want us to work our butts off while our husbands work part time or collect unemployment, those who want us to have abor tions because THEY think we will be happier pursuing other goals, those who think we enjoy pumping our own gas, fixing our own cars, mowing our own lawns, doing our own home repairs, waiting until we are in our 30's and 40's to have children, etc. YOU morons are the ones who are out of touch on women's issues! Real women want to be real women not men!

    August 8, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. blueboycott

    The time to decide whether on not you want to have a child is before you open your legs. Abortion is murder.

    August 8, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is no reason for women not to have control over when they get pregnant. The fundamentalist in the Muslim world seem to like their women pregnant with no control. Do the Christian conservatives like the same thing? It certainly seem that way.

    August 8, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  18. "NUFFSAID"

    Do the "WOMEN " of this country really want to become chattel of some undeserving male dictator. I AM TALKING ABOUT THEIR FUTURE HUSBANDS. Do they not know yet, that Muslims treat their wives as if they were their property and when they are finished with them, they are allowed to kill them for some obscure charge reason !!!!!

    August 8, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  19. carlos

    OBAMNEY.......the right way to go, Andrea Saul the spokeswoman for the HOOD mittsy capaign said it very loud and clear and on that fox station.

    August 8, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. hate from the left but mostly lies

    Why does the left think that sex should come without conciquence? Nothing in life is ever like that! There will always be a negitive result from sex. Sure, birth control and abortions can stop the baby from being born, but their are emotional conciquences too. After sex, people are emotionally bonded to each other in a profound way.Some STDs that can kill or severly incompassitate you and have no known cures are inpossible to tell of you have them until symptoms start showing up. Also, if you get an abortion, you just killed a living thing that was destined to become a human being. And you will have to live with that for the rest of you life. If the responsibility is on anyone, it is on you to keep these things from happening. Not the government. Just don't have sex. It is easy and free to do, and You will doge a large amount of harmful side effects.

    August 9, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  21. Iamnotfooled

    Women -ask yourself this: What is Mitt Romney offering you? What have Republicans been saying about your rights in the past 3 years? Then take a look at who is giving you what you really need-good healthcare benefits, President Obama. It is not rocket science. Do what is right when you are in that booth, even if you can't voice it out loud.

    August 9, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |