Democratic Women Support Obama At Rally
The fight is on for the women's vote. President Obama won it in 2008 and women attending the Democratic National Convention hope to see a repeat this November. Washington bureau reporter Erin Billups filed the following report for NY1.
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Hundreds gathered Tuesday morning for the Women's Caucus at the Democratic National Convention where prominent women leaders, one after another, took to the stage, encouraging each other to show support for President Obama.
"This election is about women," said Stephanie Schriock, the president of Emily's List. "It is clear."
"2012 is personal. It's personal and we're not going back," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC Chairwoman. "We're gonna move forward!"
They point to new benefits for women under the controversial Affordable Care Act and the passage of the equal pay for equal work law.
They called Republicans out of touch, rehashing the damaging comments made by Rep. Todd Akin and GOP attempts to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
"Women have the most to gain by the re-election of Barack Obama," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
President Obama has maintained his lead over Romney when it comes to women voters. But it is waning. The Romney campaign is working hard to court the female vote.
Wednesday, one day after Michelle Obama gives her address, Ann Romney will hold a "Women for Mitt" rally in Ohio.
Democratic women said they find the GOP's push for their vote disingenuous.
"The thing that is not clear to me is his vision for my family, his vision for my children, his vision for my future," said North Carolina Delegate Stella Adams.
Still, no one at the women's caucus is taking the president's popularity for granted. Much of the focus has been on getting mothers, sisters, daughters and friends motivated and to the polls in November.
"We still get to chose who we vote for," said Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist and commentator.
"I'm gonna go back home and promote this among my women teacher friends and all that and try to convince them, they need to vote for Obama," said Texas Delegate Barbara Effenberger.