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Local Women in Tampa Bay 'Relieved' After Obama's Win

They say women's rights were at stake in the 2012 election.

One day after President Barack Obama defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney, securing a second term in the White House and earning support from the majority of Hillsborough County voters, Tampa Bay's female voters reacted to the news with one emotion: Relief.

"My first reaction was, 'Thank God,' said Susan Long, a Seminole Heights civic activist. "We are going to keep health care for young adults and old people. All those things like Planned Parenthood will be there, and reduced cost birth control and cancer screenings, which Mr. Romney wanted to eliminate."

Long, who wore a button for two weeks that said "Women for Obama," said Romney's stance on women's issues should have deterred them from voting for him.

"I don't understand how any woman could have ever voted for Romney," she said.

South Tampa resident Ronna Metcalf, who runs the Life Enrichment Center in Forest Hills, said she was "thankful" for Obama's win.

"I am frankly relieved," she said. "We needed that continuity for another four years to give him (Obama) the opportunity to do things. The economy was already so terrible when Obama took office. It's not humanly possible to go from billions in the hole to prosperity that quickly, essentially with two wars going on."

What do you think about the results of the presidential election and other local races? Tell us in the comments.

Paula November 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
There are plenty of women who are independent and don't look to the government for handouts. If you can't afford to have kids or buy birth control, then you should be responsible enough to not get pregnant. I'm an independent woman and I voted for Mr Romney because I work hard for what I have and I don't expect the government to provide everything for me.
Randy November 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Paula's above comments reflect the condescending nature of the GOP. They assert that anyone outside their tent is a lazy moocher. They should stop. Their dwindling numbers suggest they could go the way of the Whig party and disappear. Frankly I think a strong Republican party is needed and hope they stop this act. A statesman's job is to govern and serve the people and America needs all the good ideas it can get.
Britt November 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Paula is obviously a hatriot.I am not expecting anything from the government and neither are most people who voted for Obama. Fox News and other conservative media outlets have people so worked up over the wrong issues i.e. welfare, gay marriage and abortion, that people fail to see the true issues wrong with our government. The right used hot button social issues the way Caesar used gladiators. I'm a college educated African American woman and I'm 32. I have No expectation there will be social security or Medicare when I'm old enough to collect it. The argument I voted for him because he's black is moot I voted for him because his ideology didn't seem to take away my rights as a woman and because there is still work to be done. He's not perfect and hopefully he gets it done.
Camille C. Spencer November 15, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Thanks for expressing your opinions, everyone.

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