News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio




Candidates seek to secure Ohio women's votes
Polls show Obama is leading with women in Ohio; Romney leads with men
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 

The battle is on for the votes of Ohio women. Surrogates for both President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, are trying to capture the attention and votes of women with different messages. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:06)


It was a simple question.

"Are you in?  Are you in?"

First Lady Michelle Obama asked the 2000 people in Columbus yesterday whether they would help re-elect her husband.  She told volunteers and supporters at a suburban high school that every supporter needs to recruit one person to vote in what promises to be a close election in November.

"You know that one conversation you have. That one new volunteer you recruit.  That one could be the one that will put us over the top," Obama said. "That could be the one that makes the difference between waking up on November 7, asking could I have done more or feeling the promise of four more years."

The first lady used her familiar style to tell stories about her family….and President Obama’s family…to explain why he pushed so hard on health care reform, why he pushed for equal pay for women and why he supports a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body. She told the audience that when she and President Obama married, their combined student loan payment was more expensive than their mortgage payment.  And she said that’s why he increased pell grants and supports the dream act.

"And like me and so many of you, Barack knows the American dream because he’s lived it," Obama said. "And he knows that when you’ve worked hard and done well and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you.  You reach back and you give other people a chance to succeed as well.  That’s what the American dream is about and more than anything else, that’s what’s at stake in this election."

Mrs. Obama told the audience her husband needs another term to finish what he’s started.  And she used his familiarity to underscore that message.

"When it comes to the time to stand up for the middle class, so our kids can go to college and our families can have a decent living and save for retirement, you know what my husband is going to do, don’t you?" the first lady said. "When we need a president to protect our most basic rights, no matter who we are or where we are from or what we look like or who we love, we know we can count on Barack Obama because that’s what he’s been doing every day as president of the United States.

But just a few hours later, inside a small business that sells flags, a group of Republican women said the President has been doing the wrong things.  Republican State Representative Cheryl Grossman, one of the leaders of a new campaign called Women for Mitt, said she’s afraid.

"In the past there have been times that I’ve disagreed with policies of presidents but I’ve never feared until this current president," Grossman said.  "And I fear right now."

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, another leader of the Women for Mitt campaign, said Romney speaks to the issues that women care about.

"Getting rid of burdensome regulations, looking at our tax codes, making it easier for a small business to create jobs….those are the issues women care about," Taylor said.

Taylor said Romney would cut wasteful spending and cut taxes.  Mrs. Obama says the President has already done that… cutting taxes on small businesses 18 times and saving the average American family about $3,600 a year.

The fight for women in Ohio is real.  The latest polls show Romney has a lead with men in Ohio and Obama is leading with women.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

Will Ohio's marijuana initiative follow casinos' lead?
We just ask to have marijuana legalized and here comes some nimrod trying to rob us of our rights and make us buy it from some legalized new type DRUG DEALER th...

Fancy dinners from humble beginnings at The Blue Door
Grandma of Chris Miller moved to Florida in a retirement community but I sure miss the Falls and the Blue Door, and the fine service and the true friendship of ...

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

A guide for gift-shopping for older Ohians
I'll never be to old for peanut brittle.

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University