Obama warns women Mitt Romney will take them ‘backward’ if elected

Obama warns women Mitt Romney will take them ‘backward’ if electedWashington, Apr 28 : US President Barack Obama has said that his presidential candidate opponent and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney won't be supporting women's issues in case he is elected to office.

"The choice between going backward or moving forward has never been so clear. And as long as I'm president, we are going to keep moving forward. You can count on that. You don't have to take my word on it, you've got my signature on it," Politico quoted Obama, as saying, while addressing the women present at the National Issues Conference fundraiser.

As Romney's campaign had recently expressed uncertainty about whether the candidate supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Obama commented on the former Massachusetts governor by saying, "Because something like standing up for the principle of equal pay for equal work isn't something I've got to `get back to you on' - it's the first law I signed".

The White House and the Obama campaign have been reaching out to women on issues big and small to draw a contrast with Romney and the Republicans.

"We've got governors and legislatures across the river in Virginia, up the road in Pennsylvania, all across the country saying that women can't be trusted to make your own decisions. They're pushing and passing bills forcing women to get ultrasounds, even if they don't want one," Obama declared.

Following Obama's stance on women's issues, he is popular amongst female voters. A poll released last week had Obama leading Mitt Romney 49 percent to 39 percent, with other surveys showing similar leads of the president over the Republican.

However, Romney's campaign said that Obama used his speech "to offer the same empty rhetoric and broken promises" to women that he laid out in 2008. (ANI)

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