Last weekend I traveled to the battleground state of Florida to speak with women there about the dangers of having Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the White House.
When Republicans like Paul Ryan and Todd Akin took control of the House of Representatives, they voted to end cancer screenings and well-women visits for over 5 million women. They voted to end funding for Planned Parenthood, which serviced over 3 million women last year. They voted against insurance coverage for birth control, and even tried to redefine rape.
Now, Mitt Romney is trying to pretend that he isn’t one of them. But women aren’t fooled.
When it comes to issues like reproductive health, job creation, student loans, and protecting Medicare – issues that are as important to women here in Florida as they are across the country – we all know that Mitt Romney does not support us.
President Obama has stood with women from day one.
The very first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which ensures women can fight back against pay discrimination. He also doubled Pell Grants, allowing more women than ever before to achieve quality education at an affordable cost. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, preventive screenings and birth control are now covered for 4.7 million Floridians.
As I travel across the country, I come face to face with the people who have benefited from President Obama’s policies the most: women. President Obama has had our backs. Now, we need to have his.
The time to get involved is now.