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Barack Obama speaks about equal pay to working women in New Mexico.

Published June 23, 2008 8:45PM (EDT)

Barack Obama is speaking to working women in Albuquerque, N.M., this afternoon. Women have, perhaps you've heard, become a bit of a coveted demographic these days, and in his prepared remarks Obama tries to differentiate his own policies on equal pay and child care from those of John McCain, whom he nonetheless calls "an honorable man" (much like Brutus, cough, cough). An excerpt from his speech below:

"I can’t think of any problem more important than making sure that women get equal pay for equal work. It's a matter of equality. It's a matter of fairness. That's why I stood up for equal pay in the Illinois State Senate, and helped pass a law to give 330,000 more women protection from paycheck discrimination. That's why I’ve been fighting to pass legislation in the Senate, so that employers don't get away with discriminating against hardworking women like Lilly Ledbetter. And that's why I'll continue to stand up for equal pay as President. Senator McCain won't, and that's a real difference in this election."

Obama finishes up his speech with a tip of the hat to Sen. Hillary Clinton, whom he'll be campaigning with -- in Unity, N.H.! -- on Friday. Ain't (semi-)unity grand?

By Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget."

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