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Fleming, at Democratic National Convention, Inspired by First Lady's Speech

Fleming says Obama understands the need to put middle class first.

New York State Senate hopeful and Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming is a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina — and was moved by First Lady Michelle Obama's speech on opening night.

"The First Lady's speech clearly demonstrated that women in public life draw the clear connection between education and the economy and putting the middle class first," Fleming said. "She was inspiring."

Fleming, D-Noyac, threw her hat into the proverbial ring to unseat incumbent Senator Kenneth LaValle, R-Port Jefferson. She is in a primary against Jennifer Maertz, of Rocky Point. The primary election, in which only registered Democrats may vote, will take place on Sept. 13.

President Obama "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care,” First Lady Michelle Obama said during her Tuesday speech to the Democratic National Convention. "That's what my husband stands for."

It was a continuation of a consistent message from women at all levels the Democratic party: This election is about the government’s right to control your body. Earlier that day, just a few blocks away from where Mrs. Obama spoke, Gov. Nikki Haley made the Republican pitch.

“Let me tell you about women. Women are extremely smart,” the first female governor of South Carolina said. “They care about a lot more than contraception.”

Those two arguments — that the 2012 presidential election is about women’s rights, and that women’s rights are a distraction from economic factors that affect American families — have been made again and again by supporters at every level in Charlotte this week and in Tampa last week. Much has been said about 2012 being a grand debate over the federal budget, but in a 50-50 nation, the narrative that wins this fight may win the White House.

Delegates in Lockstep

Women delegates in Charlotte and Tampa, who are more often than not leaders in their hometowns, are consistent in their messaging. “This war on women is absolutely phony,” said RNC delegate from Connecticut Pat Longo last week. “It’s strictly to distract from issues of debt, deficit, and spending.”

“Wisconsin women need to realize that we need to worry about what's going on for our kids and our grandkids,” said Patty Reiman,

On the streets of Uptown Charlotte, female physiology is front and center: Planned Parenthood supporters wear pink shirts everywhere, and Austin delegate Heather Ross went so far as to walk the streets of Charlotte with a pink felt “uterus” stitched into her ballcap.

Asked what American women need from this election, delegate Grace Carrington from Coral Springs, Md. said, “Let us make our decisions for our bodies. Period.”

Miami Democratic Delegate Bonnie Weiner stressed that the most important issue for her was that, “We could have our most basic and important rights taken from us.”

The Diminishing Number of Undecided Women

ABC News released a poll on Tuesday suggesting Republicans were cutting into Obama’s advantage among women. Michelle Obama's speech, stressing that "at the end of the day, my most important title is still 'mom-in-chief'" was no doubt designed to make up some of that lost ground.

But regardless of the affect of last night's speech, the army of businesswomen, moms and sisters on either side may continue to sway voters back and forth for the next 60 days.

As voting women pick sides, the best remaining opportunities may lie with women like Connecticut Representative Terrie Wood. “I firmly believe social issues should be left to the individual and not to the government to decide,” Wood told a Patch editor in Tampa. “I find a lot of women in our community register as Democrats because they’re pro-choice and they support gay rights. Well, most of us [conservative women in Connecticut] do too.”

Wood is a Republican delegate and a firm Romney supporter. The question is how women who share her conflicted feelings will vote.

Justin Time September 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Yes, Mitt definately should go!!!!
Stinker September 06, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Perfectly stated by a liberal. He ''understands the need to put the middle class first''. He cares. Nothing about how, no time frame on when, no plan, nothing in his past history that speaks to him understanding, nothing in the last 4 years would indicate he is anywhere near ready to begin helping, no plan last night, nothing tonight. But hey, he ''understand''. Yeah, he understands from Martha's Vinyard and a 29 room mansion with double 757s sitting on the runway. He understands all 105x he played golf in 4 years, he understands with $500.00 bottles of Cabernet from France and he really understands the middle class but his own brother had to ask a reporter for some spare change. Watch what the do, not what they say.
christie nicolle September 07, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Just in: the famous psychic twins said Obama will LOSE election! America will be free at last...free of being held hostage by an inexperienced, spoiled, invention of the Left who has done NOTHING to be proud of. Compare the RNC patriotic, diginified crowd with Obama's deviant Zombies: low class, immature + loud mouthed God haters, Success haters, Israel haters... + Hollywood Democrats are the ones waging "war on women" with their non-stop filth + degradation + anti-family propaganda. SHAME on anyone who votes for Marxist Obama!
Justin Time September 07, 2012 at 10:40 AM
I never realized how much the Middle Class needs Obama until the Democratic Convention. I guess anyone that supports the other guy is rich and wants their taxes cut so that the Middle Class can pay for it...Shame, but hopefully, as with Palin and that old guy, it will pass. Obama is doing a good job, unfortunately Congress is outweighed by Republicans..silly and sad. Anyone who supports the other guy must truly be wealthy, or why else would you care only about yourself?
Georgian Straits September 07, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Hahahaha. Once again, the theory proves itself right. You were a mush for brains lib all along Justin, you may not have realized it, but we did with your very first post. Be prepared. Your youthful swallowing of the entire hook, line and sinker will eventually give way to your own thoughts. The first signs that you are turning in the right direction will be a realization that you have been taken for a fool. In your case, it paid off.

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