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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 03:30 AM

Obama's Strong Pitch to Women Prompts Romney Stumble [View all]

Source: Reuters

Obama's strong pitch to women prompts Romney stumble

By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON | Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:55am EDT

(Reuters) - With polls suggesting women voters were shifting their support to Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama made an aggressive pitch to them on Tuesday that yielded awkward moments for the Republican and a favorite new catch phrase on social media.

Obama hit hard on issues like equal pay for women and contraception and abortion rights in the second debate ahead of the November 6 presidential election. The topics did not come up in the first debate on October 3, when Romney outshone the Democratic president.

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With strong support among women essential to his hopes of winning re-election, Obama devoted much of the second debate toward shoring up their support.

He mentioned the women's health organization Planned Parenthood five times. He stressed that Romney had promised to defund the organization, which provides contraception and abortions, but also basic services like cancer screenings.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-usa-campaign-women-idUSBRE89G0AY20121017

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