Dem women appear in force

September 4, 2012

One by one, nine female House Democrats and congressional candidates ticked off President Obama's first-term accomplishments that benefited women and repeated the slogan that they stand at the ready to join the president to "move America forward."

The group was introduced by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who said that for her, "politics is an extension of my roles as a mother and grandmother."

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) praised the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill Obama signed into law, for giving "victims of pay discrimination their day in court."

New York congresswoman Carolyn Maloney riled up the audience when she described the birth-control provisions in Obama's health-care law. "Soon, for the first time, no longer will being a woman be a pre-existing medical condition!"

Maloney resurrected her applause line from earlier in the year, when House Republicans held a hearing on birth control but failed to invite any women: "Where are the women?" Maloney asked, repeating it over and over for emphasis, to raucous applause.

Without naming GOP candidate Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (Pa.) told the crowd that Obama and congressional Democrats will protect Medicare, alluding to a favorite Democratic line of attack against the GOP ticket. Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin followed, attacking Republicans for failing to support a Democratic bill expanding protections under the Violence Against Women Act and noting that Vice President Biden authored the original VAWA.

Democrats also took the opportunity to introduce two House candidates: Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq-war veteran running in Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, and Joyce Beatty, who is seeking to represent Ohio's 3rd.

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Natalie Jennings · September 4, 2012