Planned Parenthood political arm hosts pre-debate Denver rally


The Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) continued its campaign against Mitt Romney’s presidential bid by holding a pre-debate rally in Denver October 2.

Mitt Romney and President Obama will take part in their first one-on-one presidential debate Wednesday, October 3, in Denver.

The organization, which has been advertising in the state in the lead up to the debate, hosted the rally at the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver with local officials, such as Senator Michael Bennet and Rep. Diana DeGette, university students, and PPAF president Cecile Richards.

About 200 attended the rally, according to a PPAF spokesman.


The centerpiece of the health organization’s current Colorado push is highlighting the group’s national “Ask Mitt” online campaign in which participants were asked to submit questions for Mitt Romney via online and Twitter and then vote on their favorites, such as, “When are you going to address the fact that family planning is an economic issue?”

PPAF is pressing Romney on his stance on abortion, health care, funding for its health care arm, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights in general.

“We’ve had thousands of women and men write in questions that they’d like to have Mr. Romney answer,” explained Richards on msnbc Wednesday. “What is his plan for women? It seems to us he really is committed to rolling back the clock on women’s access to health care.”

Online, mobile, and TV advertising promoted the effort. “While you’re here in Colorado, I hope you’ll answer a few questions,” begins the TV ad.

The organization, which is the political arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, endorsed President Obama for re-election earlier this year. 

Obama leads Romney 50% to 45% among likely voters in Colorado, according to a September 20 NBC News/Marist/Wall Street Journal poll.

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Planned Parenthood political arm hosts pre-debate Denver rally