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Obama Focuses On Women's Health In Colorado Campaign Stop

Kirk Siegler

President Obama is back in Colorado campaigning as part of a four-city tour today and tomorrow. His first stop was at the Auraria campus in downtown Denver.

Nathan Heffel: Kirk, like Mitt Romney last week, the President is here touting his economic agenda and women’s health issues.

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Sandra Fluke

Kirk Siegler: Mr. Obama was introduced by Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who famously called for insurance companies to cover contraception, and who was the target of controversial comments by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Sandra Fluke: He defended my right to speak without being attacked and he condemned those hateful words, but you know, Mr. Romney could only say that those weren't the word he would have chosen...

Mr. Obama went on to take the stage before a crowd of about 4,000 people and in front of a bleacher full of dozens of women of various ages. He took jab after jab at Republicans saying the GOP and Mitt Romney would reverse progress on women’s issues.

President Obama: But when it comes to a women's rights to make her own health care choices they want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950's than the 21st century...


Heffel: The president spoke in front of a crowd of about 4,000 people today…We heard a lot of cheers there, the president getting a warm reception in Democratic-friendly Denver?

Siegler: These types of events are usually full of partisans and it’s not clear how many un-decided voters the president wooed over. Though it’s safe to say his campaign is looking to court as many of them as possible even in some of the most GOP areas – he’s heading next to Grand Junction and Colorado Springs tomorrow. His latest visit comes as polls have shown the race to be a dead heat in this swing state, something that wasn’t lost on him as he wrapped up the speech with some of the charisma that he’s famous for.

Heffel: The president was expected to talk about his economic policies but most of the time was spent on women’s issues and health care?

Siegler: That’s right but the Romney campaign seemed to know the economy wasn’t going to be the prime focus of at least his Denver speech because while sitting here we were blitzed with campaign emails including one that announced the creation of a new group called “Women for Mitt” – to be chaired by Ann Romney.

Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.
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