Obama Strong in Second Debate, Talks Contraceptives

  “A re-energized President Barack Obama made an open plea for women’s votes in his second debate against Republican nominee Mitt Romney, underscoring his urgent need to rebuild a big lead among female electors to hold on to the White House,” Konrad Yakabuski wrote today for The Globe and Mail following the candidates second debate in New York last night. Yakabuski’s article continued, “The two candidates also clashed bitterly over energy policy, trade, taxes and last month’s attack on a U.S. consulate during Tuesday’s town-hall session, a high-decibel encounter that reflected an increasingly tight race leading up to the Nov. 6 vote. The debate was a critical test for Mr. Obama, whose lead in the polls evaporated after his limp performance in the first presidential debate on Oct. 3. Mr. Romney’s support among women spiked after that debate, shrinking the gender gap that had favoured the President. Mr. Obama was not about to repeat his mistake and used the town-hall forum to paint Mr. Romney as a ‘more extreme’ candidate than George W. Bush on social issues, one who would restrict women’s access to contraception. He also accused his opponent, who has touted his five-point plan to get the economy moving, as having only a ‘one-point plan’ aimed at favouring the wealthy. ‘The choice in this election is going to be whose promises are going to be more likely to help you in your life, make sure your kids can go to college, make sure that you are getting a good-paying job, making sure that Medicare and Social Security will be there for you,’ Mr. Obama said. Noting that his health-care law requires employers to cover birth control in employee health-insurance plans, Mr. Obama said Mr. Romney opposed the policy. ‘That’s not the kind of advocacy that women need.'” Read the full article here. | Raymond Matt, CFP, CLU, TEP, CHS

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