On the debate stage last week, Mitt Romney shamelessly misled the American people when he said he has a plan to insure people with pre-existing conditions. Like so much of the rhetoric that comes out of Romney's mouth, it's simply not true—even his campaign admitted it after the debate.
Olivia Munn can name a lot of personal reasons why she supports President Obama—the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," support for military families—but what motivates her the most is what's at stake for women in this election if Mitt Romney becomes president. "He thinks women aren't capable of making choices over their own bodies," she says. "That is very scary to me. Ask yourself: How does that affect you? How does that affect your girlfriend? Your mother? Because if you believe in an America where women can make their own choices about their own bodies, then you gotta vote."
So today, she hopped on the Gotta Vote bus in Ohio to fire up college students who've seen her on The Newsroom or The Daily Show—and make sure they vote. At each stop, she asked students point-blank if they were registered to vote. If the answer was yes, she passed out high-fives. If the answer was no, she asked why not—and urged them to get it done. "Every single vote matters, especially here in Ohio," Munn says. "You have this power as young people. We get to decide how our world is going to be. We don't have to wait for everyone else who's been telling us what to do with our lives. We have to get out there and vote."
And to make sure her high-fives were not in vain, Munn led the students on a march across campus to cast their ballots—for many, their very first presidential ballots—for Barack Obama.
Are you registered to vote? Don't let Olivia Munn down.
Earlier this year, Sandra Fluke drew the wrath of conservatives when she testified before Congress arguing that her law school's lack of contraception coverage hurt women, who often use birth control for preventive care. Rush Limbaugh led the right-wing charge, verbally attacking her as a "slut" for speaking out on an issue she believed in: access to women's health care.
Fluke has become an outspoken women's rights advocate, and today, she hit the campaign trail with the Gotta Vote bus to spread the message to the women—and men—of Iowa City just how high the stakes are in this election.
"This November, we have a real choice between candidates with two visions. There's a lot at stake. Mr. Romney believes that a woman's employer should be the one who decides what kind of health care she should have. President Obama believes that trust belongs in a woman, that she can make that decision with her doctor and family.
"Mr. Romney has refused to stand up for equal pay. Our generation thought we wouldn't have to keep pushing on this. President Obama has been a clear leader. The Lilly Ledbetter Act was the first bill that he signed, and he's not done yet. He's called for the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
"And when we've needed him most, President Obama has stood with women and defended our access to health care when he defended Planned Parenthood. Mr. Romney, by contrast, has said he wants to defund Planned Parenthood. That means taking away breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, and care for moms and babies. That's not the leadership or the vision that women deserve.
"So if you believe in a woman's right to fair pay and her ability to enforce that, you gotta vote. If you believe in an America where a woman can make decisions about her own body—you gotta vote, and you gotta vote for President Obama."
In an election year partisan politics can often seem to be at their worst. There are many issues up for debate, but there is one we can all agree on: breast cancer should not be able to take any more of the women we love.
First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage for the first night of the Democratic National Convention and delivered a powerful speech about family and the promise of America. Watch it—then if you're fired up, chip in to help us win.
After being verbally attacked by Rush Limbaugh and other right-wingers, Sandra Fluke has become an outspoken, public advocate of women's rights. There's a clear difference between then candidates when it comes to women's rights, and this week, she's been traveling around the country with female members of Congress to highlight Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's policies on women's issues.