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Obama, Romney back to stumping after debate

October 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
After a night of spirited sparring during a town-hall-style debate, President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday took the talking points they battled over to the battleground states.

The president rode his post debate momentum to Iowa and Ohio.

"Let's recap what we learned last night: his tax plan doesn't add up, his jobs plan doesn't create jobs, his deficit reduction plan adds to the deficit," Mr. Obama told his supporters.

Both candidates made strong pitches to women. The president sported a pink bracelet in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Romney had a message at a rally in Virginia.

"Why is it that there are 3.6 million more women in poverty today than when the president took office? This president has failed America's women," Romney said.

The Romney camp is airing a new ad aimed at reassuring women about the candidate's position on abortion and contraception. The ad says that Romney does not oppose abortion in the cases of rape or incest, or if the mother's life is at stake.

But it's one specific moment from Tuesday night's debate that has garnered some criticism for Romney. He said he had "binders full of women" in his quest to find female cabinet members in Massachusetts.

The president seized on those comments.

"I've got to tell you we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women ready to learn and teach in these fields right now," Mr. Obama said.

In Ohio, the Romney-Ryan ticket brought along a little Republican star power.

"We are all going to work very, very hard to make sure that vision, that leadership and that integrity that we see in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is available to America in these troubled times," said former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Voters heard a much different message from Vice-President Joe Biden in Colorado.

"The president and I intend to keep this momentum moving and lead this nation forward," Biden said.

With most polls suggesting the president came out ahead in the latest debate, the candidates' score cards are tied at one, after Romney's lead in the first debate.

More than 65 million people watched Mr. Obama and Romney square off Tuesday night, down slightly from 67 million viewers two weeks ago.

The next and final presidential debate will be held Monday night, Oct. 22, 2012, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The 90-minute debate will begin at 6 p.m. PT and will be televised on ABC7 and streaming live on www.abc7.com/live.


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