Silverthorne: Obama’s lady cabinet members call on women voters in Summit
Ryan Summerlin October 23, 2012
Some of President Barack Obama’s top female officials said he is the clear choice for women on issues ranging from health care to economics at a Democratic rally in Silverthorne Monday afternoon.
Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson, both of whom attended the rally on their personal time and not in a professional capacity, and Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock pushed the female vote hard Monday afternoon. They highlighted Obama’s stance on equal pay for women and health care while targeting the GOP presidential and vice presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s track record on gender issues.
“The stakes could not be higher for women,” Schriock said. “Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and these Republicans want to send us back decades. They want to put us back in the kitchen. And let me tell you, if you put me back in the kitchen, no one’s gonna eat.”
The Silverthorne visit, attended by dozens of cheering Democrats and elected officials, was the third of five stops the ladies made in the “Women Decide 2012” tour of Colorado in the president’s RV Monday, campaigning hard among women voters, who will be crucial to an Obama victory.
With a strong lead among men, the GOP ticket may not need to win the majority with women to secure the election, but it couldn’t hurt, The Associated Press reported this week.
Romney campaign officials said they can weaken the president’s bid for a second term by cutting into his support in battleground states where women represent the majority of voters.
The rally in Silverthorne ahead of Obama’s next visit to Colorado today was part of the Democrats’ final blitz to retain the what may be a waning lead for the president with women.
“I don’t think your voices have ever been more important than they are right now,” Sebelious told the group. “If the women of Colorado show up and vote, Colorado will stay in the blue column and if Colorado stays in the blue column Barack Obama will continue to be president of the United States for four more years.”
The speakers noted that Obama does have a plan for the future, highlighted his support for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 and, most heavily, reiterated his support for fair treatment of women in health care issues such as abortion and insurance coverage.
Romney’s pitch to women has focused heavily on the economy, a position local GOP women have reinforced.
“There’s a war against Romney claiming that he has a war against women, but we don’t see that at all,” local voter and member of Women for Romney Gala Eppstein said. “The real war that we should be fighting is getting our jobs back. That’s the issue that most helps women.”
Monday’s rally came as early voting got under way in Colorado this week and just hours ahead of the final presidential debate, focused on foreign policy, Monday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.