Much of the weekend health care political news coverage centered around women's health.
National Journal: Gillespie Defends Romney's Abortion Policies
The Romney campaign is scrambling to clarify the Republican nominee's position on abortion after campaign officials offered differing positions this week.When challenged over Mitt Romney's comments to the Des Moines Register, in which he said his administration had no legislative plans to tackle abortion, Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie firmly stated that Romney is a pro-life candidate and would take action to back his positions. "Life is a very important issue in this election-;as is the economy and as it national security, all these issues always play a very important role," Gillespie said on Fox News Sunday (Vasilogambros, 10/14).
CNN: Romney Adviser Defends Candidate's Abortion Stance
"What the governor has consistently said is that he thinks Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and this is something that should be left to elected representatives, to the people through their elected representatives," Gillespie said, referring to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming a woman's right to have an abortion (Liptak, 10/14).
Fox News: Obama Camp Tips Hand On Debate, Hints President Will Attack Romney On Bain
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday: "[Romney's] running mate also left him vulnerable on a number of issues -- admitting there was a $5 trillion tax cut, after he denied it, but again failing to explain how they would pay for it, leaving women worried about their ability to make choices about their own health care (Henry, 10/14).
Reuters: Bruce Springsteen To Campaign For Obama In Ohio, Iowa
Obama is likely to follow up on issues from the vice presidential debate where his campaign believes Ryan showed signs of weakness, including taxes, women's right to abortion, and a time line for ending the war in Afghanistan (Mason, 10/14).
USA Today: Congressional Campaigns Unleashing Nasty Attacks
In hotly contested U.S. House and Senate races, candidates and super PACs are unleashing some of their most damaging material ... Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released a trio of ads last week featuring three separate female rape victims declaring their opposition to GOP Rep. Todd Akin, who has been under fire since August for his comments about "legitimate rape" and a false assertion about a rape victim's biological ability to prevent pregnancy. One of the women in the ads, Diana, identifies herself as a Republican and states: "I've never voted for Claire McCaskill, but because of Todd Akin, I will now" (Davis, 10/14).
Roll Call: Colorado: Ad Hits Mike Coffman on Stem Cell Opposition
The pro-Democratic House Majority PAC today said it will begin airing an ad against Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican who is in a tight race with challenger Joe Miklosi for Colorado's 6th district. The ad -; which features a young-looking man, a little girl and a woman -; urges voters to reject Coffman based on his opposition to embryonic stem cell research (Ackley, 10/14).