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Obama campaign courts women voters before Republican Convention

08-25-2012 06:14 BJT

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign on Friday announced a week-long package of events to court women voters, ahead of next week's Republican National Convention set to formally nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket.

The Obama campaign is trying to bring women's issues back to center next week to contrast Obama's position with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan.

The Obama campaign said in a press release on Friday that the upcoming events will highlight "how the Romney-Ryan ticket is too extreme for women and families."

Events of the project entitled "Romney-Ryan: Wrong for Women" will take place all through the next week across the country, even including Tampa, Florida, where the Republican convention is held next Monday to Thursday.

The first event on Saturday in Las Vegas will feature actress Natalie Portman and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Other attendees include Georgetown Law graduate Sandra Fluke, an advocate for women's access to contraception insurance coverage.

"They would roll back the clock and return women to the exact same failed policies that caused the economic crisis in the first place. American women can't trust the Romney-Ryan ticket to stand up for them," said the campaign, trying to sharpen differences of the two sides on equal pay and women's access to health care.

The Obama campaign's new tactics for next week followed this week's highlighted controversy surrounding Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's comments on rape and abortion.

Earlier this week, Akin made a controversial comment that women who are victims of what he referred to as "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant. The comments have already caused mounting calls inside the Republican party, including Romney and Ryan, for him to drop out of his Senate race. Republicans have expressed concerns that Akin's continued candidacy will ruin their chances at what was previously considered a likely win for the party, a key seat for Republicans to take the majority in the Senate this year. Akin has refused to step down from Missouri Senate race so far.

Obama will also try to upstage Romney's formal nomination by his party next week by launching campaigns in key battleground swing states, the Obama campaign said on Wednesday.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: Xinhua

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