Gallup's Argumentative Analysis

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A day later, there was no doubt about the winner of the second Presidential debate: Women. Both candidates lurched onto the campaign trail Wednesday with new appeals to shore up support among a key demographic that may decide the outcome in key swing states. “You can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for women and for immigrants and for gays and for lesbians — or you can stand up and say, we want to move forward,” President Obama said at a rally in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, an appearance marked by repeated mentions of policies that impact women, from the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay act to health insurance reforms that prevent surcharges for female patients. “I’ve got to tell you, we don’t have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified,…show more content…
Joel Benenson, the Obama campaign’s top pollster, called the latest Gallup poll showing a tie among likely women voters in battleground states an “extreme outlier.” “This implausible result among women appears to not even provide inaccurate reflection on the electorate today,” he said. The Romney and Obama campaigns also clashed over a claim made by Ed Gillespie after Tuesday’s debate. “The governor would not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Act,” he said, referring to a law that increased the legal options for women discriminated against on the job. “He was opposed to it at the time. He would not repeal it.” Hours later, Gillespie retracted his comment in an email to the Huffington Post. “I was wrong,” Gillespie wrote. “He never weighed in on it. As President, he would not seek to repeal it.” Immediately, the Obama campaign pounced on the confusion. As the sun set amid autumn leaves on the campus of Ohio University, Obama finished the day much as he began it, reaching out to the group that he hopes will push him over the finish line. “I’ve got two daughters,” he said. “I don’t want them paid less than a man for doing the same job. And by the way you men out there, you don’t want your wives paid less for doing the same job.” The crowd of about 14,000 cheered its

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