Rep. Todd Akin's comments about rape have put him and the abortion issue in the spotlight. Some call his comments insulting. Stephanie Schriock, President, EMILY's List and Alice Stewart, Former Bachmann and Santorum campaign spokeswoman discuss the impact this could have for the GOP and the women's vote.
Jason Puracal, a 35-year old native of Washington state, is seeking freedom from one of the world's most dangerous prisons, La Modelo in Nicaragua. He’s been held there on drug charges for 18-months and wants to avoid a 22-year prison sentence.
According to Puracal’s family, Nicaraguan police arrested him in November 2010 accusing him of using his real estate business to launder money as a front for an international drug trafficking ring. His lawyers say Nicaraguan authorities had no evidence linking him to the other 10 accused traffickers. Still, Puracal was sentenced to 22 years in prison. His appeal hearing took place today. CNN has tried to contact Nicaraguan authorities multiple times over the past few months. We have been promised a comment, but so far have not been given any answers on the case. Puracal's health had been deteriorating under the harsh conditions of the prison. His family members have visited him, and today his sisters attended the hearing. One of his sister’s told CNN today, “He’s been struggling for two years now in that prison for really no reason whatsoever. It's still difficult to see him."
Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. He’s on the campaign trail a lot these days, so I’m not sure if he is reading my letters. Come to think of it, I’m not sure he’s ever read any of them.
Dear Mr. President,
I ran into some interesting information about you today. I knew it already, in a general, academic sense, but somehow the details of it struck my consciousness like rocks on the windshield: You’ve lost ground among women.
I was working on a story about Paul Ryan, female voters, and this notion that you and your Dems are selling that the GOP is waging a war on women. I wondered how strong your support was among women compared to 2008, and I was startled to find out that you’ve lost more ground on that front than I thought. Make no mistake: You are still beating Romney handily in the fight for the female vote, but you’re not beating him as badly as you were beating John McCain. Why do you suppose that is the case?
It could be that women have just grown a little less interested in you, but I don’t really think that is true. Polls suggest you are still widely liked even by people who don’t think much of your job performance.
Maybe you’ve done something to offend the women of America? I can’t imagine what that would have been, so I’m disinclined to accept that explanation.
Or maybe the Republicans are right; that women, like men only to a lesser degree, are so concerned about the economy that they want to give someone else a shot at the Oval Office. Sure, these women don’t like Republicans much, but they like unemployment even less.
I’m sure you’re not pleased with your vanishing female support, whatever the cause. I’m sure you will do all you can to make up that lost ground. But however you decide to address it, I suspect you will have to do more than just say the Republicans are against women. You’re going to have to show, clearly and unmistakably, that you have made life better for women and their families. And in this economy, that could be a challenge.
Give me a call if you want to talk. I’m busy as can be this week, but I’ll always make time.
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