As President Obama heads West to campaign for two embattled women Democratic senators -- Patty Murray in Washington state Barbara Boxer in California -- the White House is preparing a report on women and the economy, which administration officials hope will help rally women voters to the polls.
White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki said that “if Republicans in Congress have their way, the millions of women who will benefit from our small business lending programs, from the consumer protections in the Financial Reform bill and from the tax cuts that have helped them through a challenging economic time would be left without these benefits.”
Continued Psaki: “there is an important choice for women in this country to make about whether that is the direction they want the country to move in.”
The president and other members of the Cabinet will make the case that, starting with the first law the president signed -- the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- and continuing with new efforts to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, Democrats are better advocates for women than are Republicans.
Mr. Obama travels to Seattle Wednesday and the next day will hold a fundraiser and attend a rally there for Murray, who trails Republican Dino Rossi 51-43 in a recent CNN/Time poll. On Friday in Los Angeles the president will attend fundraisers for Boxer, who is locked in a dead heat with former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.