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Vicki Kennedy: Obama is the better choice

Published: Thu, October 18, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.


Vicki Kennedy, the wife of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, said President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat, has a stronger record of commitment to women than Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. Kennedy spoke Wednesday outside the Mahoning County Board of Elections in Youngstown.

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By David Skolnick



When it comes to which presidential candidate has a proven record of commitment to women, the choice is clear, said the wife of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Vicki Kennedy said President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat, is the better choice than Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee.

Kennedy spoke Wednesday outside the Mahoning County Board of Elections as part of Obama’s “Women Decide 2012” initiative. She was joined by elected female Democratic officeholders from the county.

“The choice in this election could not be more stark and more clear,” Kennedy said.

When asked during Tuesday’s presidential debate about ways to “rectify the inequalities in the workplace” between men and women, Romney told a story about hiring more women to be in his Cabinet when he was governor of Massachusetts.

“We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our Cabinet,” Romney said during the debate.

“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

In response Wednesday, Kennedy said: “I thought it was a very disengaged, aloof comment that was very out of touch. He also [made a] ‘go home and cook dinner’ comment. I love to cook, by the way. I love to cook. I just thought it was a very disengaged and not real-world sort of comment.”

The cook-dinner remark was Romney talking about providing flexible hours, when he was governor, for his chief of staff, a woman, because she had to be home “making dinner” for her two school-age kids.

County Republican Party Chairman Mark Munroe said the binder remark was Romney describing the process to hire quality women for his Cabinet.

“He could have put them in a manila folder, a box or a binder,” Munroe said.

“If it was a manila folder, there would be talk of women in a folder. To try to make an issue of where the resumes were is another attempt by the Obama campaign to distract voters from the real issues men and women care about the most: the economy and job creation.”

Kennedy said Obama should be re-elected because of his record.

Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. It gives women greater flexibility in court to receive the same pay as men.

Romney has said he would not repeal it.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney’s vice-presidential running mate, voted against the act.

Also, Obamacare gives women access to preventive and prenatal care, Kennedy said, while Romney wants to repeal the health-care law.

Obamacare gives too much power to federal bureaucrats to make decisions about health issues, Munroe said.


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan know how to cretae jobs for women, men, college graduates, blacks, whites, unemployed, underemployed, etc.; in other words all of us.


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2lee(544 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Don't confuse her with facts her mind is all ready made up

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3Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Ted Kennedy's wife supports Obama? There is a shocker. Did we really need to waste the space in the paper stating the obvious?

The binder argument is crap. People are dying, the economy is in the tank, and Obama wants to talk about binders and Big Bird.

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4greene(167 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

This woman choose to be the doormat of
a serial cheater, which she chose to enable.. She is not a good judge of men or what is good for woman.

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5msweetwood(174 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

At least Alexinytown is consistent. We all remember his comment from last week:

"Chris Christie supports Romney? There is a shocker. Did we really need to waste the space in the paper stating the obvious?"


It's election season, northeast Ohio is important and both campaigns are bringing high-profile surrogates to town. We cover what they have to say. Expect more to come regardless of your political stance.

Less than three weeks to go... But it all does foster conversation here, which is great.

Carry on,

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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6fcb(399 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

As I have said before,economy,jobs,ect are very important in this election.However,in my mind national security,and peace is the most important issue. I would hate to have Mitt Romney as our leader for that reason. Also, Romney does create jobs.The only problem is he creates them overseas!

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7Photoman(1081 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

There should be millions of jobs in the various fields of green energy. There should be but, in reality, there aren't. Solyndra, A123 and many others took the money and folded under bankruptcy. The big windmill farms have to look to China (and G.E. of China) for their turbines. Yes, we gave hope and change a chance and what we got in return were greatly diminished hopes and a change that divided us all.

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8AtownAugie(804 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

How wonderful for her to have married a man who had a true "commitment to women." (Yet, where was his "commitment to saving drowning women?")

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9twin(18 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Who cares what this liberal has to say. Kennedy's the most corrupt political family in the history of this country.

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10Woody(473 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Romney holds women in binders, Kennedy in an Oldsmobile.

I wonder who her brother in law would have voted for:

"In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now. The experience of a number of European countries and Japan have borne this out. This country's own experience with tax reduction in 1954 has borne this out. And the reason is that only full employment can balance the budget, and tax reduction can pave the way to that employment. The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.

I repeat: our practical choice is not between a tax-cut deficit and a budgetary surplus. It is between two kinds of deficits: a chronic deficit of inertia, as the unwanted result of inadequate revenues and a restricted economy, or a temporary deficit of transition, resulting from a tax cut designed to boost the economy, increase tax revenues, and achieve, I believe — and I believe this can be done — a budget surplus. The first type of deficit is a sign of waste and weakness; the second reflects an investment in the future"

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11jojuggie(1608 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

fcb, please give us some evidence of jobs that were sent overseas by Romney. Please don't just listen to the Dem commercials, because advertising is effective lying.

In Romney's business he bought into companies that were in distress - companies that were struggiling or in bankruptcy or close to it. They never bought into a company that had a great balance sheet & was a leader in its field.

Many of these distressed companies fell by the wayside & Bain lost its shirt on them, but more of them were successful & that is how Romney became rich.

Bain Capital pumped money into these distressed companies just like Obama pumped money into GM, but so far GM still owes 25 Billion to the US Govt that will probably never be pd back.

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12jojuggie(1608 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Brand new day - same old bull crap! Please send this on to any Dems you know and ask them, "How can you keep buying into this???"

CLICK ON: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

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13sue(176 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Teddy, Bobby and JFK were all pro women. All kinds of women . Marilyn Monroe, Mary Joe and dozens of others. The only reason Teddy didn't cheat on Vicky is that he was too old.

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14Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Sweetwood, it is nice to see these boards can be graced with the presence of the managing editor, no less from a comment I myself have posted. There are far crazier ones on here you could have responded to, but alas you chose mine.

Thank you for that.

We give you guys at the Vindicator a hard time, but we appreciate everything you do. :)

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15southsidedave(5126 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Vote for change? Where have we all heard that before?

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16jojuggie(1608 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I have never seen this question on this message board. Please, 300, gdog, IM, cambridge et al answer.

It's a fact that Obama has increased our NATIONAL DEBT by over 5 Trillion in the last 4 yrs. Can 1 of you tell me what we, as citizens, received for this money? In other words, where the H*** did this money go?

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17jojuggie(1608 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago


Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.

Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night."

So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"

So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?"

So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One was to do the studies and one was to write the reports.

Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?"

So they created two positions: a time keeper and a payroll officer then hired two people.

Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"

So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $918,000 over budget, we must cut back."

So they laid-off the night watchman.

NOW slowly, let it sink in.

Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter. Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter administration?




Didn't think so!

Bottom line is, we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency, the reason for which very few people who read this can remember!


It was very simple... and at the time, everybody thought it very

The Department of Energy was instituted on 8/04/1977, TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.

Hey, pretty efficient, huh???


34 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.

Ah, yes -- good old Federal bureaucracy.


Hello!! Anybody Home?

Signed....The Night Watchman

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18VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

With Obama all we see is more spending, bigger government and more regulations, which requires higher taxes to pay for it all.

Not only has our income been impacted by these policies, we are being faced with new health care rules and regulations, which will impact our employers. Some of our employers have already begun the process of reducing costs in order to pay for these increases and tax proposals. You will see many people being moved to part time employment status, because these moves are already in discussion by businesses across the nation.

If you vote for Obama you will see employment drop and many, many employees getting their hours cut to 20 or 30 hours a week. This would be a drastic cut in pay for many of us.

There is only so much money going around. If you increase taxes to businesses, they will have to reduce costs somewhere in order to pay for the increases. Payroll is the easiest area to cut because consumers will not accept any further price increases and will go to lower priced goods elsewhere.

Think before you vote. Are you really helping yourself or your family, or have you succumbed to the rhetoric of a 4 year old failing policy, which requires more borrowed money to keep it going?

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