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But on Tuesday Stupak admitted that the new healthcare mandate forcing religious groups to provide coverage for abortion violates that executive order.

"To tell you the truth, I am perplexed and disappointed having negotiated the executive order with the president." Stupak said. "I think it's illegal. I believe it has contraceptive services, it also has drugs that induce [abortions]."

Back on the main stage, speakers like Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did not back away from the controversial healthcare law.

"For us Democrats, Obamacare is a badge of honor," Sebelius said.

The Democrat's first night focus on women voters culminated with an address by first lady Michelle Obama.

Like Ann Romney the previous week at the GOP convention in Tampa, the first lady did not launch a direct attack against her husband's opponent. Instead, her assignment, also similar to her Republican counterpart's goal last week, was to humanize her husband.

While Ann Romney last week in Tampa described an ironing board dinner table and a door propped up on sawhorses as a desk, Michelle Obama tried to depict a regular guy persona for the president on Tuesday night by talking about her husband's rusted-out car and a prized coffee table found in a dumpster.

"Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it," said the first lady, who is increasing her weekly schedule of campaign events. "He wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like or who we love."

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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