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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