Campaign stop draws more than 4,000

David Kelly
University Communications
August 8, 2012

President Obama standing with Sandra Fluke


By David
Kelly

| University Communications

DENVER – An upbeat, energized President Barack Obama told more than 4,000 cheering
supporters and students Wednesday that if he wins Colorado he will win the
White House.

“I still
believe in you and if you still believe in me…we will win Colorado and if we
win Colorado we will win the election!” he declared to a boisterous crowd inside
the events center on the Auraria Campus.

This was
Obama’s second visit to the campus since October and it was sponsored by the
Veteran Student Organization.

The president made the campaign stop to tout his health care plan, focusing specifically
on how it benefits women, a critical constituency in what will likely be a
close election.

He was
introduced by Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University Law School student vilified as a `prostitute’
by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh after she asked that the Catholic
university provide coverage for contraceptives.

“When I was
publicly attacked I saw that our rights could be rolled back in the blink of an
eye,” Fluke told the audience.

She said simply
being a woman should not be treated by insurance companies as a `preexisting
condition,’ resulting in higher premiums or denial of coverage.

When Obama finally
bounded onto the stage, his shirt sleeves rolled to his elbows, he immediately
talked about the Aurora theater shootings and the killing of six Sikhs in Oak
Creek, WI by a lone gunman last Sunday.

“We have to
put an end to this kind of senseless violence,” he said. “As one American
family, we need to come together to take a look at every way we can to put an
end to this.”

Ultimately,
he said, it won’t be the killers who will be remembered, but the resolve and
courage of the survivors and those who died.

But the
president was here to address women voters, who polls show tilt his direction.
A huge banner that read, `Women’s Health Security,’ hung over the stage.

President
Obama claimed his Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s policies toward women were “more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.” And he touted his signature political achievement, the Affordable Care Act, as a
boon to women’s health.

“They call
it Obamacare,” he said. “I actually like that name, because I do care.”

Under the
plan, he said, insurance companies will have to cover contraception. Such
drugs, he said, not only prevent conception but are also used to prevent
cervical and ovarian cancer.

“Nearly 99
percent of women have relied on contraceptives at some point and many have
struggled to pay for it,” he said.

The
president, with a large contingency of women sitting behind him on stage, asked
how many in the audience had gone without a check-up or medical treatment because
of money.

Hundreds of
hands went up.

“I don’t think
that a working mom in Denver should have to wait to get a mammogram just because money is tight,” he said. “My opponent said on his first day in office he’d take the
Affordable Care Act and `kill it dead.’ I don’t think insurance companies
should control the care you get.’’

The
president also attacked Romney for his stance
on whether women should be paid the same as men for the same work.

“When my opponent
was asked about equal pay for equal work his campaign said, `We’ll get back to
you on that,’’’ Obama said. “I think of my daughters Malia and Sasha and I say
we aren’t going to have an America where they have fewer choices than someone else’s
sons do.”

After urging
everyone to make calls and knock on doors for his campaign, the president
plunged into the crowd shaking hands and signing autographs.

Bruce
Springsteen’s `We Take Care of Our Own’ played in the background.

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