President Obama earned my vote in 2007 and continues to earn it today, even more so than four years ago. The reasons for me became clear back then when I saw a candidate that was motivated by helping the majority of Americans, not just a segmented group of voters. I also saw a candidate that was interested in the well-being of the majority of families across the nation; families that faced similar hardships that President Obama’s own family had dealt with before. What stood out to me in 2007 and continues to today is the message that we heard during Mrs. Obama's Democratic National Convention speech in September -- the personal experiences that Mrs. Obama and President Obama experienced in their own lives and within their own families have been the bedrock for the issues and platforms that President Obama has rallied for these last four years.
In addition to wanting a president that draws on personal experiences to guide his political platform, I also wanted a candidate that stood where I stood on issues that are important for me as a mom and a woman. Most importantly, preserving the rights of women to be free from government and political intrusion on their bodies; the growth of small business and the middle class, and of course, health care reform, among other important issues.
As I reflect upon these last four years, a few things stand out to me that make me stand firm with the President today in hopes for four more years:
- The first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which helps ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
- President Obama created 5.2 million private sector jobs after inheriting the worst economy since the great depression and saved more than 1 million jobs when he saved the auto industry. Job growth continues to grow each month.
- When President Obama signed the Dream Act, he stood for more than 1 million students that have called this country home ever since their parents brought them to this country year ago. President Obama opened the door for those million students that see America as a land of opportunity. Today, these students will continue to be educated in this country and will now have access to higher education or can serve in our military.
- President Obama attacked the rising cost of health care that had been rising three times more than the rate of inflation. Not only will more Americans have access to affordable health care, but 17.1 million children that have pre-existing health conditions will not be denied coverage or will remain insured even after a life threatening diagnosis such as childhood leukemia or other serious health condition.
- And last but not least, by re-electing President Obama in this election, we can ensure that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, along with the rest of the Republican party, will not be able to make good on their promise to amend the United States Constitution to make abortion illegal under any circumstances as outlined in the Republican platform. By reelecting President Obama, we can protect a woman’s right to choose rather than handing that decision over to a political party.
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