The presidential campaign focused on women in North Carolina on Tuesday, with the two sides arguing that their candidate was best suited to help women.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Washington state, said two of three new businesses were started by women and that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney best understood how to get the economy back on track.
“We have had the longest of high unemployment since the Great Depression,” Rodgers said at a news confernce with Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn. “Fifty percent of our college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.''
Carrie Peele, founder of blue Diamond Limousine said the rising gas prices under the Obama administration was “killing our industry.”
Outside the news conference at GOP headquarters, about 10 picketers marched holding signs and chanted slogans saying that Democrats stand for women's equality.
Later, Rodgers attended a fund raiser for Ellmers at Seaboard 18 restaurant.
Before the Republican event, the Democrats held a dueling news conference at The Cupcake Shoppe, in which they criticized Republican efforts to block legislation that would help women such as the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“Not one Republican U.S. Senator voted for it,'' said state Treasurer Janet Cowell. “It is important that all women, all North Carolinians have the same opportunities to be financially stable, support their families and plan for a secure future.''
C.J. Scarlet, CEO of Roving Coach International of Clayton, said Romney failed to support the paycheck act that would have helped women.
But Rodgers, when asked about it later, said the bill would have mainly helped trial lawyers. She said she favored income equality for women, but that the paycheckbill was not the right approach.