Obama's 'Women Decide 2012' Bus Rallies Support in Grand Junction
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Monday the Women Decide 2012 bus made a stop in Grand Junction.
Notable supporters on the bus talked about why they believe a win for President Barack Obama is crucial in protecting women's rights.
These women say they aren't a special issue or a special interest group, but that they are crucial to the future of this country. They say President Obama gets that.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said, "A great deal of difference between the candidates on issues that directly affect women's health, directly affect women's pocketbooks."
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, said, "And then moving the health care reform that says to you and to me and to the women across Colorado, that we're no longer pre-existing conditions. That is a sea change for women and families in this country."
One key issue on the minds of women is getting equal pay.
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said, "Women on average make 77 cents for each dollar a man makes, and over the course of their lifetime that's $430,000."
"President Obama right off the bat came into office and made sure that we passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, something that had not been done," Schriock said.
The women are criticizing Mitt Romney for going back on what he previously said he stood for in order to get women's votes.
Sebelius said, "I think what we are seeing is a candidate who really has been running for president for six years. He ran in '08, it was unsuccessful, running again in 2012 … who has made it very clear what his positions are but has spent about the last month trying to tell people that's really not what he believes. He has chosen a running mate, Paul Ryan, who probably has the most conservative record on women's issues than any member of the House of Representatives."
These Obama supporters fear a Romney-Ryan ticket would take the country back in time.
"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have made it clear that they want to roll the clock back on our rights, our freedoms and our economic opportunities," Schriock said.
"I think young women have the most to risk because their health futures and economic futures are on the line," said Sebelius.
These women are encouraging all women to get to the polls and exercise their right to vote and shape this country.
The Women Decide 2012 bus also made stops in Glenwood Springs, Silverthorne and Evergreen.