Women Voters Called Key to Obama's Re-election

First Lady's speech highlights how, in a 50-50 nation, who wins this fight may win the White House.

CHARLOTTE, NC — President Barack Obama "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about out bodies and our health care,” First Lady Michelle Obama said during her Tuesday speech to the Democratic National Convention. "That's what my husband stands for."

It was a continuation of a consistent message from women at all levels the Democratic party: This election is about the government’s right to control your body. Earlier that day, just a few blocks away from where Mrs. Obama spoke, Gov. Nikki Haley made the Republican pitch.

“Let me tell you about women. Women are extremely smart,” the first female governor of South Carolina said. “They care about a lot more than contraception.”

Those two arguments—that the 2012 presidential election is about women’s rights, and that women’s rights are a distraction from economic factors that affect American families—have been made again and again by supporters at every level in Charlotte this week and in Tampa last week. Much has been said about 2012 being a grand debate over the federal budget, but in a 50-50 nation, the narrative that wins this fight may win the White House.

Delegates in Lockstep

Women delegates in Charlotte and Tampa, who are more often than not leaders in their hometowns, are consistent in their messaging. “This war on women is absolutely phony,” said RNC delegate from Connecticut Pat Longo last week. “It’s strictly to distract from issues of debt, deficit, and spending.”

“Wisconsin women need to realize that we need to worry about what's going on for our kids and our grandkids,” said Patty Reiman,

On the streets of Uptown Charlotte, female physiology is front and center: Planned Parenthood supporters wear pink shirts everywhere, and Austin delegate Heather Ross went so far as to walk the streets of Charlotte with a pink felt “uterus” stitched into her ballcap.

Asked what American women need from this election, delegate Grace Carrington from Coral Springs, Md. said, “Let us make our decisions for our bodies. Period.”

Miami Democratic Delegate Bonnie Weiner stressed that the most important issue for her was that, “We could have our most basic and important rights taken from us.”

The Diminishing Number of Undecided Women

ABC News released a poll on Tuesday suggesting Republicans were cutting into Obama’s advantage among women. Michelle Obama's speech, stressing that "at the end of the day, my most important title is still 'mom-in-chief'" was no doubt designed to make up some of that lost ground.

But regardless of the affect of last night's speech, the army of businesswomen, moms and sisters on either side may continue to sway voters back and forth for the next 60 days.

As voting women pick sides, the best remaining opportunities may lie with women like Connecticut Representative Terrie Wood. “I firmly believe social issues should be left to the individual and not to the government to decide,” Wood told a Patch editor in Tampa. “I find a lot of women in our community register as Democrats because they’re pro-choice and they support gay rights. Well, most of us [conservative women in Connecticut] do too.”

Wood is a Republican delegate and a firm Romney supporter. The question is how women who share her conflicted feelings will vote.

Kathy September 05, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Michelle Obama has absolutely nothing to offer the American People except telling parents how to feed their children. I I had to think of one thing she excelled at, she is very good at spending Tax Payers Funds to pay for Lavish Vacation for her and her Daughters. I can honestly say that until Michelle Obama, I never really disliked First Ladies, not even Hillary who I think was Crazy for forgiving her husband. I do think that Michelle Obama tried to take the negative attention off her husband by making her Pep Talks on Nutrition. Unfortunately, she could never distract enough for the American People to see that the last 4 years has been Devastating to the U.S. and the American people. January just can't come soon enough, when we will have a President that cares, has the experience, knowledge and the desire to turn things around for the American People.
Libi Uremovic September 05, 2012 at 11:51 AM
"... “I find a lot of women in our community register as Democrats because they’re pro-choice and they support gay rights. Well, most of us [conservative women in Connecticut] do too.”..." it is the gop women that have the power to put an end to their political parties perverse agenda.. if the gop want votes they need to get their minds out of the gutter and focus on government issues...
Libi Uremovic September 05, 2012 at 12:00 PM
incredibly tacky to insult the 1st ladies of our country...... 'but they did it' is not a justifiable excuse after the 3rd grade....and 'they' didn't do it...you did it......you specifically .... the gop will never get my vote nor any other decent person's vote if they can't control their freaks on the far right our debt is hemorrhaging .....but all you can think about is insulting another woman... seems like all the gop is going to roll out this year is the left-overs from the '08 election... ...and they will get the same results...
Jimmy Sanders September 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Such as the complete and utter failure of the Obama economic policies that are bringing 8%+ unemployment as the new normal and a skyrocketing U.S. debt that just passed $16 trillion? Yup, I wish the Republicans were talking about that instead of who is going to pay for someones free contraceptives.
Libi Uremovic September 05, 2012 at 01:44 PM
the article isn't about the 1st lady - the topic is the gop repulsing women voters.
Komfort September 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Fringe of a party: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mobileweb/2012/08/28/giant-vagina-republic-national-convention_n_1836003.html Libi calls for GOP civility when it comes to women.
Libi Uremovic September 05, 2012 at 01:54 PM
yes - the economy in general and specifically our hemorrhaging debt.....people need to understand how weak and unstable our country has become... our border problem is another issue...the gop should be target marketing that wac-job a/g eric holder - everyone hates him and all agree that we need to seal the border... ....yet all the gop focus on is sex... but i'm not disgusted with the gop because i'm female ...i'm disgusted because i'm a conservative...
Komfort September 05, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I am disgusted that you call yourself a conservative as well.
Libi Uremovic September 05, 2012 at 02:10 PM
"...Libi calls for GOP civility when it comes to women....' no, libi calls for people to stop allowing out elected and appointed officials to create diversions while they carry our money out the back door... the dems and gop are two heads of the same snake...they're creating diversions so they can continue to rip us off...
Komfort September 05, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Libi does not like diversions, unless it is the media fabricating a GOP hates women narrative; for that charade she is all in.
Jimmy Sanders September 05, 2012 at 03:06 PM
"the gop will never get my vote nor any other decent person's vote if they can't control their freaks on the far right" Okay! But voting for President Obama is the thing to do even if he can't (won't) "control" the freaks on the left? The "GOP hates women" is as a contrived misdirection to simply avoid discussing the massive failure of President Obama's economic policies, $16 trillion debt, 8%+ unemployment, crony green and union payback capitalism. President Obama, having never really accomlished anything, other than avoiding taking responsibility and being a gifted orator, is just in over his head. And I forgot to remind everyone, in case you had not heard, it's all Bush's fault!
Komfort September 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
"The Che Convention The most left-wing Democrats in American history have gathered in Charlotte" Libi's preferred fringe... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/09/05/the-che-convention
Komfort September 05, 2012 at 03:54 PM
More reasons for fiscal hawk libi to vote for Obama: " Red Carpet for Solyndra Figure at Democratic Convention The Obama campaign rolled out the red carpet this week for a former top Energy Department official who was at the center of the ill-fated government loan to Solyndra, a California solar panel firm that wound up in bankruptcy. Steven J. Spinner joined other top fundraisers for a VIP tour of the Democratic National Convention floor in Charlotte Monday evening, posing and waving for a photographer while standing behind the podium. When he saw ABC News cameras, however, he ran for the exit" http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=17150368 That makes sense.
Libi Uremovic September 05, 2012 at 04:48 PM
i have no idea why you would think i would vote for obama - i've stated 20 times that my problem is not with romney, it's with the gop...you are a perfect example... fox and rush control the gop message....they could focus on the issues and help romney win.... ...but they don't... and no, you don't get to blame the dems for tricking you ...again... if romney can't get the gop's mind out of the gutter and focused on the economy he will not win
Komfort September 05, 2012 at 04:54 PM
You have no idea what you are talking about, yet you persist. What issue does "rush" control?
Craig Maxwell September 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
The most left-wing Democrats in American history supporting the most left-wing president in American history. It follows, doesn't it?
Kevin George September 05, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Speaking of leftists at the Democratic Convention: Julian Castro, last nights keynote speaker, mother is famous in the Chicano community. Castro is the son of Maria "Rosie" Castro, a Chicano political activist who helped establish the Chicano political party La Raza Unida in the 1970s. In 1971, at the age of 23.
PwmCwzy September 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Did anything good happen during the Obama administration in your minds? I wonder how upset you will be if Romney looses. I didn't vote for Obama last time, but after watching the GOP go after women and protect the ultra rich at my expense, I will definetly be voting Democratic this year.
John Galt September 05, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Empty chair and an empty suit. Time for real hope and to make a change. Can anyone afford four more years of Obama? I don't think our country can.
Komfort September 05, 2012 at 09:55 PM
The "ultra rich" that PwmCwzy pals around with: http://hillbuzz.org/who-is-funding-the-purchase-of-the-35-million-beachfront-hawaiian-estate-for-barack-and-michelle-obama-to-move-into-come-january-2013-2013
Tom Yarnall September 05, 2012 at 11:57 PM
How many more, like Libi,will declare they didn't vote for Obama last time , but will this time? What has changed? He has virtually no visible accomplishments and is running straight on partisanship. You know,"my grandaddy was a Democrat, my Daddy was a Democrat and and by God I am a Democrat" Oh no,it's a Democrat.so I should have said "by golly". Because of their overwhelming support you may add Latinos, Afro Americans and Islamist to the list..
M L September 05, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Ya'll been watching too much Fox News.... It does things to the brain that are irreversibly bad. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/march_april_2012/features/obamas_top_50_accomplishments035755.php
Jimmy Sanders September 06, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Of course he ran! http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/10/07/6925/spinners-ethics-opinion
Libi Uremovic September 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
tom - it was 'PwmCwzy' that said he didn't vote for obama last time, but would this time.
Craig Maxwell September 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Watch and listen to them "boo" when God and Jerusalem are put on the platform. Yup, they're as American as apple pie (...not). http://news.yahoo.com/democrats-change-platform-add-god-jerusalem-211928130--election.html
Jimmy Sanders September 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
And the price tag is a massive increase to $16 Trillion in debt, 8%+ in unemployment 44 months straight which will be the new normal under President Obama and an economy in ruin. Yes, Yes, it was all Bush's fault.
Doug Curlee September 06, 2012 at 01:00 AM
dunna who's paying for it, komfort.. but.. they won't be needing it until january 2017.. doug
Komfort September 06, 2012 at 01:43 AM
That won't stop our 1%er First Family from behaving like the "fat cats" they deride so much, Doug. A 35,000,000 house doesn't seem excessive to you? Financing from the family that started the subprime mortgage meltdown does not seem hypocritical to you?
Tom Yarnall September 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I stand corrected. TU Libi
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