GREENSBORO, N.C. — While some national polls showed Romney gaining an edge among women voters, Dr. Jill Biden rallied in Greensboro Saturday to appeal to women in the Triad.
“It’s great to be back in North Carolina,” said Dr. Biden. “President Obama and my husband have stood up for women every single day. That’s who they are.”
In North Carolina, women account for 54 percent of the state’s vote. Four years ago, women outvoted men by nine million nationwide in the Presidential Election, according to the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.
The CAWP also shows voting patterns over the past 30 years demonstrate voter turnout rate for women has equaled or exceed the turnout rate for men in Presidential elections.
That’s why the Women for Obama/Biden groups across the country insist on the importance of women voting.
“We fought hard for Roe v. Wade, for access to contraception and for equal rights,” Dr. Biden said. “And we don’t want our daughters and granddaughters to have to fight the battles that we fought so many decades ago.”
Among Saturday’s crowd of more than 250 supporters, Sister Gretchen Reintjes says she is glad Vice President Biden and Republican Paul Ryan addressed Catholicism and abortion rights during their debate.
“People can see there are two people, both these men Catholic, but on two different tracks,” Reintjes said.
She says there is a definite misconception that all Catholics are conservative on issues across the board.
Valerie Murray is encouraging all women to exercise their right to vote, no matter which candidate they support.
“A lot of these policies on both sides are going to affect us the most, and the future of our children,” Murray said.
Campaign volunteers like Cecelia Shaw showed their support with Obama/Biden buttons, stickers and t-shirts.
“The vote for women is critical,” Shaw said. “So much of the legislation that President Obama has passed is to help women.”
College students like Justine Ryan also spent the morning canvassing for the Obama campaign. She said she was excited to briefly meet Dr. Biden after her speech.
“Going to an all-women’s school, it’s very empowering to see strong women in the forefront,” she said.