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Democrat activists Culver, Campbell campaign for Obama

Pair accuse Romney of policy reversals

October 12, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Sporting "Women for Obama" buttons, former Iowa First Lady Mari Culver and former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell were in Marshalltown Thursday afternoon.

Their mission was to reach Iowa women voters and tell them why they support President Obama.

Meanwhile, they demanded Republican Mitt Romney take on a firm stand, pro or con, on abortion, contraception and pay equality.

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The two identified those issues as important to Iowa women.

"Romney has changed his mind, or refuses to say what his positions are on issues personal to women - on contraception, abortion and pay equality," said Campbell. "Wednesday in Des Moines ... he did a complete flip-flop on reproductive choice ... it was mind numbing to me, and other women voters who care deeply about not having government or any one involved about one's health care."

He tried very hard to leave the impression that he is pro-choice, she said, and within a few hours his campaign staff was assuring Republicans he is strongly pro-life.

"Mitt Romney, in our perceptions is not the candidate that supports women, or women's issues," Culver said.

She said trust is a valued commodity among all women.

"Women view trust as their currency," said Culver. "I've come to the firm conclusion that I can't trust Mitt Romney because he has been dishonest."

Culver cited Romney's refusal to give details of his proposed $4.8 trillion tax cut and took the governor to task on a remark he made last month that 47 percent of Americans don't pay federal income tax.

"He said 'It is not my job to care about those (47 percent) people,'" she said. "That is half of the country. That is not only people on food stamps, but military families, single moms who work and are struggling and seniors on fixed budgets."

The two Democrat activists also criticized Romney over his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, should he be elected president.

Romney has also declined to state if he would urge repeal of the Lily Ledbetter Act, which guarantees equal pay for equal work, according to Campbell.

Several months ago women voters favored the president by an 18 percent margin over Romney. That lead has shrunk significantly, according to recent polls.

"The president was enjoying a strong lead among women," Culver said. "And there was the expectation that lead would close once undecideds made a decision."

The pair started early in the day and visited a number of Iowa communities before their Marshalltown stop.



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