President Barack Obama says women should not be reduced to a political interest group but rather respected as a driving force in the economy.

Obama spoke at a White House forum on women’s issues as debate intensifies about the role women will be play in choosing the next president. National polling shows Obama holds a double-digit advantage among women over the Republican front-runner in the presidential race, Mitt Romney.

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Obama says women’s issues should be viewed more broadly as matters affecting whole families and the economic competitiveness of the nation.

Read more at OfficialWire. By the Associated Press.

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