The Obama and Romney campaigns put the focus on women voters this week.
Obama addressed women's issues in Denver, Col. today where he was introduced by Sandra Fluke. She's the Georgetown Law graduate Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" in February for her public support of the Administration's policy requiring insurers to cover birth control.
To localize the theme in Allentown, the campaign held a round table with local women who support Obama at Renee's Bakery on Hanover Ave. Supporters talked about how they have benefited from the administration's Affordable Care Act.
Investment adviser Joyce Moore of Upper Milford said she used to sell health insurance, but stopped after determining that none of the plans or companies she represented offered decent coverage. The Affordable Care Act is setting minimum standards that will improve quality of coverage, she said.
"I see it as such an important thing," she said. "We were all one catastrophic illness away from bankruptcy."
The Affordable Care Act will help women afford things like birth control, checkups and mammograms, she said.
Earlier, the Obama campaign hosted U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the only female representative from Pennsylvania, on a conference call with reporters. She extolled the benefits of the health care law for women and said, “nominee Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress, including all from Pennsylvania and Gov. Corbett would take away these rights for women.”
Recent polls have show Obama leading Romney among women voters.
Not to be outdone, the Romney campaign on Wednesday launched the Women for Mitt Coalition, headed by Ann Romney. The campaign will hold its own women's event in Philadelphia tomorrow featuring former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey.
She'll keynote an event for Republican women that addresses grassroots training, stressing Romney's plans to strengthen the middle class, and his governing experience.