WOMEN VOTE: Both Camps Court Iowa Women Voters
With just four months left till the presidential election, both sides know they need women to win.
The daily presidential tracking poll from Rasmussen Reports shows President Obama and Mitt Romney tied nationwide at 45 % each. Iowa’s again a critical key state, especially the women who live here.
Four years ago, President Obama handily won our state by 9.3 % of the vote. Democrats say it’s the work for women he’s done the past four years that will guarantee another victory, but Republicans say Iowa women don’t want to be pandered, or courted.
Congress, the president and now the Supreme Court have given the green light on the Affordable Health Care Act. It’s the President’s signature legislation Democrats say proves he’s the best president for women.
“Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. We are no longer going to get automatically charged for in health care because of our gender for same heath care coverage as a man gets,” says DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Wasserman Schultz spoke in support of the President at Jasper Winery Sunday. She says Obama has worked tirelessly to assure American women have the*same rights and privileges as men.
“The first bill that he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make sure we put teeth in the issue and make sure we get equal pay for equal work.”
Wasserman Schultz says Mitt Romney is only looking out for millionaires and billionaires.
“For women President Obama has made issues important to them a priority.”
However, Republicans say Iowa women don’t want to be courted simply because of their sex.
“It is entirely sexist to say women only care about certain issues. In fact, I think it demeans women when you say they`re only interested in certain issues and those issues are not ones this campaign must focus on,” says Mary Kramer, the first female Iowa Senate President in our state’s history.
Kramer says the top two issues for all voters this election are jobs and the economy.
Kramer says Romney will win because he’s addressing the real problem: our country’s out of control spending habit.
“The President refuses to call that a problem and he continues to initiate spending. I think women are smart and they can see through that kind of false rhetoric.”
Two different strategies with only one winner come November.
Nationwide four years ago, Barack Obama took 56% of women voters compared to John McCain’s 43%.