President Obama on Wednesday resurrected charges that Republicans are engaged in a so-called war on women as he sought to pad his lead with female voters in battleground states.
“They want to take us back to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century,” Obama said of Republican Mitt Romney during a campaign stop in Denver. “He says he’s the candidate of freedom but freedom is the chance to determine the care you need, when you need it.”
Obama accused Romney of not supporting equal pay for women, looking to defund Planned Parenthood and intent on overturning health care reforms that would provide free contraceptives to women.
Amid stubbornly high unemployment, Obama must mobilize female voters — one of his core constituencies — if he is to retain control of the White House in November.
Obama is painting Romney as backwards and out of touch on women’s issues in hopes of convincing suburban women like those he targeted in Colorado that they need to mobilize against a candidate bent on undermining their rights.
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