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Obama Fields Questions on Limbaugh, ‘War On Women’

During his "Super Tuesday" press conference, the president talked about contraception coverage and the Rush Limbaugh flap, saying that Democrats have "a better story to tell women."

The Washington Post: At News Conference, Obama Criticizes GOP Candidates For Talk Of War With Iran
He was father in chief, fretting about whether the rough-edged debate over health insurance coverage for women’s contraception will keep his daughters and other young women from engaging in public life. … When a reporter asked whether other Democrats are pandering by referring to the contraception debate and Limbaugh's remarks as a "war on women," Obama referred to his wife, saying she has helped him understand that women will make up their own minds (Wilson and Nakamura, 3/6).

Kaiser Health News: Video: Obama Fields Questions On Limbaugh, 'War On Women'
This Kaiser Health News video highlights parts of Tuesday's news conference in which President Barack Obama responded to questions about Rush Limbaugh and the heated debate over contraception coverage, and about whether Republican positions on these issues constitute a "war on women" (3/6).

The Associated Press/Seattle Times: Analysis: Obama Demands His Say On GOP's Big Day
Obama positioned himself as a voice of civility and - to a nation of voting parents - maturity in the debate over whether health insurance plans should cover contraception. He said he called Sandra Fluke, the woman called a "slut" by radio host Rush Limbaugh, with his own two young daughters in mind. There's a way to debate, Obama said, that doesn't involve being demeaned. It wasn't long before another reporter had him talking about the race for the women's vote in general. "I believe that Democrats have a better story to tell women," Obama said (Feller, 3/6).

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