Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore told her fellow Democrats that she and other women in the House will "fight violence against all Americans" to move the country forward. Moore spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last night, sharing the stage with two dozen other female House members and candidates. She called herself a mother and grandmother who made a promise to fight violence at home.
Moore said quote, "No victim of domestic violence or bullying -- man or woman -- should feel unprotected in America." Moore also slammed efforts by Janesville House Republican and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan to ban federal funds for abortions with the exception of quote, "forcible rape." The provision was eventually removed. But Moore said Republicans "even tried to change the definition of rape." Women's issues have taken a higher profile after House Republican Todd Akin of Missouri claimed that women's bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." First Lady Michelle Obama was last night's featured speaker.
Also yesterday Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the Democratic convention had a larger place for mayors than the Republicans did a week ago. Barrett attended a meeting of the U-S Conference of Mayors, where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi touted Democrats as the answer to cities' problems. Tonight, delegates are expected to nominate President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for their second four-year terms.