"I'm a single mom. I'm a disabled single mom. I look at my son every day, and I want him to have all the opportunities that my parents were able to give to me. I know that this president is the one who works for me, who fights for me. And that's what we need—someone who's going to remember that we're not all even upper-middle class. So many of us are down in the trenches, trying hard every day. That's how he grew up. That's how this president grew up. He understands what it's like for me, what it's like for my son.
"My son wants to go to Stanford. How am I going to send my son to Stanford if things go back to what they were? We have to keep moving forward, for the sake of our kids, for the sake of us, for all of us who are lower class. We're not low-class people, we're just financially strapped. He understands that's worth fighting for, and that's what he does. So that's what we do: We stand up with him and for him and fight every day."
“Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Those words were uttered yesterday—in the year 2012—by Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Indiana.
Guess who Mourdock's most prominent booster is? Mitt Romney, the man who could be your president-elect in just 13 days.
Romney has only endorsed a single Senate candidate in this election. In a Mourdock campaign ad that was released on Monday night—and is still on the airwaves—Romney looks directly into the camera and tells Indiana, "There's so much at stake. I hope you'll join me in voting for Richard Mourdock."
Well, Romney got one thing right: There is a lot at stake, especially if you're a woman. The sad fact is, Mourdock's rape comment is just the latest outrageous and demeaning episode in a larger Republican platform that's openly hostile to women. Remember: Romney and Paul Ryan agree that a women should not have the right make decisions about her own body—even in cases of rape or incest. He's trying to hide it from voters, but Romney supported so-called personhood policies, a no-exceptions human life amendment to the Constitution, and vowed to defund Planned Parenthood. His running mate—like Todd Akin—supported legislation to narrow the definition of rape. And now, Romney refuses to request that his Mourdock ad be taken off the air, and he refuses to pull his endorsement.
Romney won't stand up to Mourdock and the extreme wing of his party—he shares their extreme policies. So if you're outraged, let him know. Tell Romney it's unacceptable to endorse a candidate who thinks pregnancy from rape is what "God intended."
"There's so much at stake."
Mitt Romney has only endorsed one Senate candidate in this election: Indiana's Richard Mourdock, who said last night that pregnancy from rape is what "God intended."
At the University of Florida, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm explained difference between the two candidates on fair pay:
"I was watching the rerun of Meet the Press on the Gotta Vote bus, and your senator was on. You know what he said on Meet the Press this morning? Your Senator Rubio said that the Romney administration would probably not have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. He said that the Lilly Ledbetter Act was nothing more than a gift to trial lawyers, nothing more than that.
"There would be huge problems for women with a Romney administration. In fact I happen to have my binder—a binder full of policies that the Obama administration supports on behalf of women. Polices like fair pay, like access to contraception, like freedom of choice.
"Women are half the population, but between women's issues and jobs, this matters to 100 percent of the population. And I'm glad we have a president who stands up for us."
Polls are officially open in North Carolina. At Gotta Vote bus stops at Wilson and Greenville this afternoon, our chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, let the women of North Carolina, know just how much is at stake for their family's bottom line.
"Mitt Romney still can't give women a straight answer on where he stands on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Simple question: If you were president, would you have signed it? But he won't answer. The President, we know, that was the first bill he signed into law. He understands.
"The other night, President Obama talked about the crucial role that women play as breadwinners in American families. And Mitt Romney talked about us as resumes in a binder. Do you feel like a resume in a binder? I know I'm not. I also know that I don't need a president who thinks the only reason I need help balancing work and family is so I can rush home and cook dinner for my husband. Women are so much more than that.
"President Obama has clearly showed us he understands that we are so often the breadwinners in our family, the heads of our households, the key to the economic success of families all across this country. The fact is, women only earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for doing the same work. That costs the typical woman $431,000 over the course of her career. That is real money in North Carolina, and it's real money in Weston, Florida, where I'm from. And I refuse to accept that for my two daughters, who are 13 and 9 years old. Because like President Obama's daughters, we want to make sure that their future is as bright as possible."
Women for Obama, you gotta vote.
Saddened by horrible loss of life in OK. Prayers.
Almost two years to the day after Joplin, America prays again for a community brought to its knees. We all are praying and we will help.
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