Obama Says Election Will ‘Tip the Balance’ on the Supreme Court

August 8, 2012 - 5:11 PM

 

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President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, campaigning in the swing state of Colorado Wednesday, decided to make the Supreme Court a key issue for the presidential campaign, after earlier focusing on his health care overhaul law, free contraception and funding for Planned Parenthood.

“Today is the three year anniversary of Sonia Sotomayor taking her seat on the Supreme Court,” Obama said at the Auraria Event Center in Denver. “Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of Elena Kagan taking her seat on the Supreme Court. So, let’s be very clear, the next president could tip the balance of the court in a way that turns back the clock for women and families for decades to come.”

Obama’s Republican opponent Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, wants to repeal the Obamacare law that mandates every American purchase health insurance. The Supreme Court upheld the law by a 5-4 vote this year.

Obama was introduced by former Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, who was at the center of the controversy over the Obama administration mandate requiring insurance companies to provide free abortifacients, sterilization and contraception to women.