October 25, 2012 at 10:08 am
TAMPA- President Barack Obama stepped up his appeal to female voters on Thursday, telling a crowd of 8,500 supporters at Ybor Centennial Park who he thinks should be in charge of women’s health care decisions.
Obama alluded to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s rape comments during the rally, saying that health care decisions should be made by women “as we saw again this week.”
“While we’re at it, 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,” Obama said. “Women can make those decisions themselves.”
Obama spokesperson Jen Psaki said Thursday that Obama thought Mourdock’s comments that pregnancy from rape is “something God intended to happen” were “outrageous and demeaning to women.”
After asking the crowd for their vote, Obama predicted the campaign will win Hillsborough County, considered a key battleground in deciding the outcome of Florida.
“We’ll win Hillsborough County again. We’ll win Florida again. We’ll win this election again,” Obama said to applause.
Obama has traveled to Florida 24 times –including this trip– since the start of his Presidency.
During the rally, Obama repeated his line that Mitt Romney is suffering from a case of “Romnesia,” telling the crowd his GOP opponent is hoping voters catch a case of the same ailment before they vote.
“Don’t worry. This is a curable condition and Obamacare covers preexisting conditions,” Obama said.
Before his rally, Obama made a stop at the Krispy Kreme donut store where he chatted with about eight patrons scattered around the store.
According to the pool report, one customer told the president he was a teacher. “I have been talking all about teachers, I hope you know that,” Obama told him.
Obama then turned the teacher towards the pool. “Trent is a math teacher, he is buying donuts for his kids. That whole math and donut connection is the key to school reform because I know his kids are doing great.”
The president delivered the doughnuts he picked up to a firehouse in Tampa. Obama will be back in Florida on Monday where he is expected to campaign in Orlando with Bill Clinton.
On Saturday, Mitt Romney will campaign in Pensacola, Kissimmee and Land O’Lakes, Florida. He will be joined at these events by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).