“Let me make a very simple proposition: Rape is rape,” Obama said. “It is a crime. And so these various distinctions about rape don’t make too much sense to me — don’t make any sense to me. This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions.”
Obama has also tried to depict his GOP opponent Mitt Romney, with relative success, as anti-woman.
He started the election polling 16 points ahead of Romney with women. But an Associated Press poll published Thursday shows that Romney has erased that advantage and is running even among likely voters who are female.
The Obama campaign and Democrats were left scrambling Thursday to turn that tide back in their favor.
The president’s re-election campaign released a new ad Thursday morning attacking the former Massachusetts governor’s position on abortion.
California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer hammered the Republican party on Twitter Thursday afternoon, claiming the “GOP doesn’t stand with women even when they are raped.”
And The New York Times reported that Obama bashed the GOP on the stump in Tampa over women’s health issues.
“As we saw again this week, I don’t think any politician in Washington, most of whom are male, should be making health care decisions for women,” Obama repeated.
Spokespersons for the Obama campaign did not respond to TheDC’s request for comment.