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Second Presidential Debate Barely Touched Upon Women's Issues

By October 17, 2012

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Depending on the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, contraceptive coverage for women, funding for Planned Parenthood and Roe v. Wade could all be at risk if Mitt Romney prevails over Barack Obama. Why then have the presidential and vice presidential debates failed to address these and other significant women's issues in any meaningful way?

Tonight those of us who'd hoped to see at least one of the three above-mentioned topics come up in the debate were again frustrated and disappointed that no mention was made of them.

The debate was entertaining -- no doubt about that. Since the town hall style format was less formal than the previous event -- with no podium for the candidates to hide behind -- this allowed both men to get close to the audience...and to each other. There was a great deal of posturing and intrusion into each other's physical space which made for a livelier exchange. But it also made the candidates clearly antagonistic toward each other.

While CNN correspondent Candy Crowley rose to the occasion as the first female moderator of a presidential debate in decades, she seemed hard-pressed to rein in Obama and had real difficulties in restraining Romney. His demeanor bordered on the schoolyard bully this time around.

The group of undecided voters who came up with the questions were predominantly white, male, and somberly dressed. Thankfully, one young woman in the group had the guts to pose the sole question that dealt with women's issues -- gender equity in the workplace.

So what was that question...and what was the odd phrase that Romney uttered that became the catchphrase that went viral and spawned dozens of internet memes? Read the article below for all the details.

So what did you think of the debate?

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Related article: Women's Issues in the Second Presidential Debate of 2012


October 17, 2012 at 7:52 am
(1) Alabama Girl says:

You could certainly tell that this debate was one sided in favor of Obama. The mediator was most definately a Democrat. She gave Obama the upperhand in giving him more time to answer his questions and pressured Romney to answer his quickly and was quick to cut him off before he got to answer all of it. where as Osama got to answer his freely and stumbly as usual.

October 24, 2012 at 3:54 am
(2) Lani says:

I agree Alabama. It was obvious Candy was there To help BO. I as a woman find that pathetic. A Romney was the adult & definitely Presidential. I find immaturity Un-Presidential & that is what i saw in BO. As for Planned Parenthood & the rest of that nonsense , that issue is NOT what will help our bad economy or Ridiculous Unemployment problem. Its a non issue to me & just a way to avoid the real problems this country

October 24, 2012 at 4:02 am
(3) Lani says:

It was obviously the ole typical help Barack out BS. But Romney showed to be the bigger person & certainly Presidential. Immaturity i saw in Barack was pathetic. As for Contraceptives, Planed Parenthood & the rest of that nonsense Well, it wont do anything to help deal w/the REAL Issues….”Economy & Unemployment” go to Walmart, u can get a month supply of contraceptives for $9!! Good Lord!

October 24, 2012 at 5:32 am
(4) Jessie says:

It isn’t just politeness, respect for candidates, and who looks or acts presidential. So many people have worked hard for our rights and they are just being over-looked, or wiped out. No one has the foresight or the nerve to speak up about how the Mormon influence will take over this country if Mitt is president. Well hate Obama and vote for Mitt. See who will rule this country. You have no idea about way the Bishop runs his Wards, how they take orders from the president of the Mormon church, and how depth their teachings are rooted in their minds. Read how they treat women. Learn what they teach. It will be a new day in this country when the entire Mormon Church take over. I was in the church. I do know what I am talking about. Mitt is wrong for women’s rights and he is wrong for this country!!!!

October 24, 2012 at 10:45 am
(5) Anne Caroline says:

Alabama Girl and Lani, you lack of respect for the president of the United States is appalling. Your betrayal of your sisters makes my heart weep. In my grandmother’s generation, women stuck together and fought hard for our right to vote.

I took contraceptives for years to correct a serious medical issue. $9 may not be much money for you, but for many poor women this is their food budget for the week. Feed the kids? Take the pill? Tough choice.

I’m guessing you don’t think they should “birth more welfare babies” ~ which would cost the government far more than $9/month.

I’m old enough to remember when girls had to drop out of high school because they got pregnant. Their lives were over, and they were doomed to a lifetime of poverty and disgrace. The boys who got them pregnant, meanwhile, moved on to college and a lifetime of prosperity. They learned that their behavior has no consequences. They learned that they didn’t have to respect women. And, they became judges who abuse women.

Our ancestors fought hard for the right to vote, and I’m disappointed each time I read that a woman is voting against her own-self interests.

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