Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Obama and Romney Care For Women

Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan focused on how the struggling economy is impacting female voters. "This president has failed America's women," Romney said at an outdoor rally at Tidewater Community College in eastern Virginia that drew over 3,000 people. "They've suffered in terms of getting jobs, they've suffered in terms of falling into poverty."

Romney spoke about meeting women on the campaign trail as he travels around the country and said he often asks them how he can help them in their daily lives. "What they speak about day in and day out is help me find a good job, or a good job for my spouse," he said. "And help my kid, make sure my children have a bright future, better schools and better job opportunities. That's what the women of America are concerned about and the answers are coming from us and not from Barack Obama."

President Obama and Vice President Biden also followed up on the female focus. Obama, campaigning at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, suggested Romney's policies showed he was out of touch with women voters. Among other things, he cited Romney's plan to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood and his hesitancy to support for the Lilly Ledbetter law, which made it easier for women to sue for equal pay.

"You don't have to wait for an answer from me. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill I signed into law as president -- the first bill," Obama said. He said Romney's top adviser "finally admitted, no, the governor didn't really support that bill."

Both Obama and Biden highlighted Romney's comments Tuesday night about approaching women's groups while he was the governor of Massachusetts and searching for qualified women to join his cabinet. "They brought us whole binders full of women," Romney said, introducing a phrase that instantly went viral.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, along with her vice-presidential running mate Cheri Honkala, was arrested at Hofstra University outside the venue of the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Stein and Honkala attempted to enter the debate hall without credentials in protest of being excluded from the debate. Photo Credit: Nemo Allen/Democracy Now

Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala are now free from police custody after eight hours handcuffed to a metal chair in a remote police warehouse on Long Island. The Green Party presidential and vice-presidential candidates were arrested as they attempted to enter the grounds of presidential debate organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

On her release, Dr. Stein said that, "It was painful but symbolic to be handcuffed for all those hours, because that what the Commission on Presidential Debates has essentially done to American democracy." Stein and Honkala were eventually released into the cold at 10:30pm. Police provided no advance notice of the release to campaign lawyers and staff, and did not allow the two candidates to make any phone calls.

Cheri Honkala called her incarceration, "extremely uncomfortable, but standard for what so many Americans face on a daily basis in our corrections system." Added Stein Campaign Manager Ben Manski, "These arrests and this treatment are outrageous and disportionate; who do the police think they are protecting here?"

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