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What's important to women voters?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carly Fiorina, crowned the most powerful woman in corporate America by Fortune Magazine, was in Huntersville today campaigning for Mitt Romney.

"When people want to pigeon-hole women voters as a special interest group, or single issue voters, I think they do women a huge disservice," she says. "Whether a woman is pro-life or pro-choice, women are about so much more than that. The economy, education, opportunity, healthcare. And as a women, frankly, I'm insulted by President Obama's declaration that Romney has declared a war on women, because he happens to be pro-life.

President Obama and Governor Romney are both gunning for the female vote. And yes, the ever-present debate over abortion is a factor.

Marcy Shealy is an Obama supporter.  "I love the fact that he has stood up for free choice for women. It's something we fought for so many years," she says.

But it's not everything. Shealy is a breast cancer survivor. "I have a pre-existing condition," she says. "I would be so afraid I would not be able to get healthcare."

And that's one reason she's been volunteering four days a week for Obama's campaign, but there's also this: "I love the fact that one of the first laws he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter law, because I believe in Equal Pay."

So does Cindy Galespi. She worked for Governor Romney for almost a decade.

"I don't think a lot of people realize that throughout his career, Mitt's always been surrounded by women," Galespi says. "He's always had women as part of his senior team, and I don't mean one or two women."

And she says that's the best way to realize that women care deeply about many things.

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