“I’ve got two daughters and I don’t want them paid less for the same job as a man,” Obama said at an appearance in Athens, Ohio, later yesterday.
Obama spoke to a crowd of about 14,000 students and supporters at Ohio University, imploring them to vote early. “I want your vote. I am not too proud to beg. I want you to vote,” he said.
Romney’s campaign launched a new television commercial that seemed designed to take the edge ever so slightly off his opposition to abortion — another example of his October move toward the middle — while urging women voters to keep pocketbook issues uppermost in their minds when they cast their ballots.
“In fact he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest or to save a mother’s life,” says a woman in the new ad. Pivoting quickly to economic matters, she adds, “But I’m more concerned about the debt our children will be left with. I voted for President Obama last time, but we just can’t afford four more years.”
That dovetailed with Romney’s personal pitch to an audience in Chesapeake, Va.
“This president has failed American’s women. They’ve suffered in terms of getting jobs,” he declared, saying that 3.6 million more of them are in poverty now than when Obama took office.
With recent gains in the polls for Romney, he and the president are locked in an exceedingly close race as they shuttle from one critical state to another and dispatch surrogates ranging from former President Bill Clinton to ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to locations they cannot make on their own.
A little less than three weeks before Election Day, Obama appears on course to win states and the District of Columbia that account for 237 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory. The same is true for Romney in states with 191 electoral votes.