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President Barrack Obama says voters saw this week just why male politicians should not be making health care decisions for women.
Obama’s comments come off of the remarks by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. The Republican candidate said women that are impregnated through rape is an act that “God intended.”
He did not mention the Senate candidate by name, but enforce the fact that woman will be able to make their own health care decisions while he is president.
“As we saw again this week, I don’t think any politician in Washington, most of whom are male, should be making health care decisions for women. Women can make those decisions themselves,” President Obama told a crowd in Ybor, Florida.
Obama’s campaign has openly criticized Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney for continuing to support Mourdock. Romney has recently appeared in a television advertisement on Mourdock’s behalf.
Dan Pfeiffer told media outlets today that it is “surprising” that Romney is still fully behind Mourdock. “Every couple of weeks we hear another Republican politician make these outlandish statements. There is clearly a strain of Governor Romney’s party that he’s been unwilling and unable to condemn,” he said.
Romney has attempted to avoid the subject, and has refused to answer repeated questions from reporters about Mourdock’s comment.
At a rally early Thursday Romney didn’t mention anything about abortion but chose to focus on choices facing American families. He touched heavily on Medicare, College loans, and debts.
“This election is not about me. It’s not about the Republican Party. It’s about America. And it’s about your family,” Romney told a crowd of about 300 people.
Although national polls show the race is close, Romney is struggling to overtake Obama in the rush to rack up the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.