Campaigning in the western swing state, President Barack Obama said his opponent, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, would take women's health care back to the 1950s.
The New York Times: Obama Assails Romney On Women's Health Care
President Obama made one of his strongest pitches to date for the women's vote, which is crucial to his re-election, telling a mostly female crowd of 4,000 here on Wednesday that Republicans led by Mitt Romney would take them back to the era of the 1950s (Calmes, 8/9).
The Associated Press: Obama: Romney Would Take Health Care Back To 1950s
Seeking to rally a crucial constituency, President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned women in swing-state Colorado that Republicans would seek to strip away health care benefits for them and cut funding for contraceptive services. In a passionate pitch for his health care overhaul, Obama sought to draw a stark contrast with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying his rival intended to take his health care law and "kill it dead" on the first day of his presidency and "get rid" of Planned Parenthood (8/8).
Los Angeles Times: Obama: Romney 'More Suited To The 1950s' On Women's Health
Obama's remarks at a community college in Denver were tailored to woo women voters, a critical part of his base, and included a full-throated appeal based on policy and personality. Obama spoke of his single mother who raised him and died of cancer in her 50s, as well as his wife and daughters. He was introduced by Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown law student who last spring found herself at the center of the debate over birth control coverage and religious freedom (Hennessey, 8/8).
The Wall Street Journal: Campaigns Put Focus On Suburban Women
The battle for suburban women, the archetypal swing voting bloc, is on. On most days, President Barack Obama talks about taxes, the economy and the middle class. But he is running a parallel campaign, aimed at suburban women, which focuses on contraception, abortion and the health-care law (Meckler and Lippman, 8/8).
CNN: Obama Focuses On Women's Issues In Denver
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 (Brittian, Aigner-Treworgy, 8/8).
Politico: Obama Gives Full-Throated Defense Of Health Care Law
President Barack Obama on Wednesday used women's health as the platform for an all-out defense of his health care reform law, calling it the right thing to do and accusing Republicans of trying to take the law's benefits away from women (Haberkorn, 8/8).