Richard Mourdock

Rich Egger

This week, Janna Deitz of Western Illinois University’s Political Science Department and Dr Aimee Shouse, Chairperson of the WIU Department of Women’s Studies, talk about the role of women’s issues in this fall’s elections.

Shouse believes hot button issues such as abortion rights, reproductive rights, and access to contraception are receiving more attention in the presidential contest than in years past. Controversial comments by US Senate candidates Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana helped bring the issues to the forefront.

My first political role model was Dwight D. Eisenhower – “Ike.” He was a peace-loving war hero, a Main Street Republican who sent troops to desegregate schools, a free-market guy who appreciated unions and launched the huge government program building the Interstates, a standup guy who stood up to GOP demagogue Joe McCarthy.