First Lady, Female Republicans Court Ohio Voters

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks before students and supporters at Westerville Central High School on Tuesday.(Photo: Jo Ingles, Ohio Public Radio)
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks before students and supporters at Westerville Central High School on Tuesday.(Photo: Jo Ingles, Ohio Public Radio)

First Lady Michelle Obama was in Columbus and Dayton today, the same day that some key Republican women launched a campaign to back Mitt Romney.

About 2000 people gathered at a suburban Columbus high school where Michelle Obama told the crowd they need to get involved and work hard to re-elect her husband. She said he has made changes that provide more hope for women and families.

“This election is a choice about supporting women and families in this country. So be sure to tell everyone that Barack believes that women should be able to make their own choices about their health care. Remind them that today it is easier for women to get equal pay for equal work,” said Mrs. Obama.

A couple of hours later, four key Republican women launched a group called Women for Mitt. Lt. Gov Mary Taylor said women have good reason to vote for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Women for Mitt. Left to right: State Rep. Cheryl Grossman, Former House Speaker JoAnn Davidson, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Tami Longaberger from the Longaberger Basket Company.

“Getting rid of burdensome regulations, looking at our tax code, making it easier for small businesses to create jobs….those are the issues women care about,” Taylor said.

The latest polls show Romney has a lead with men in Ohio and Obama is leading with women.

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