The Last Word | November 07, 2012
>> women will never go back. we will re-elect president obama .
>> democratic women candidates had a very good night last night.
>> and despite the odds, you elected the first woman senator to the state of massachusetts .
>> i'm well aware that i will be the first openly gay member -- vernlthsz senators elect elizabeth warren and tammy baldwin . in january they will join fellow senate new comers. in january a record 20 women will serve in the united states senate and at least 78 in the house of representatives . new hampshire also made history last night after electing the nation's first all women delegation. they also elected a woman governor. in presidential politics , president obama once again won the woman's vote. not only did the majority of women vote for obama, they elected to vote out joe walsh who said women no longer die from pregnancy because of advances in science and technology . richard pourdock who said that pregnancy from rape was something that god intended to happen and of course todd akin . cecile, no one worked horted out there for president obama in trying to remind voters what was at stake here. it seemed it also had a spill over effect in the senate races.
>> it was a great night for women . a great night for women 's health. frankly it was a great night for planned parenthood . the women and men were elected to the united states senate across the country because they took a position in support of women 's health care . even the state of virginia which you didn't mention, one of the most hotly contested races in if the country where he was a strong supporter in women 's health in comparison with george allen . across the board great night for women 's health.
>> i was working the senate when patty murray arrived there as a senator. the year before she arrived there were only three women in the senate and to watch her run the campaign committee this year and end up at the end of it all with this record number of women has been just a marvelous thing to watch.
>> it's fantastic. one of the biggest thing to hear today was hearing that hidy had won her race in north dakota . a race that shouldn't have been a contest. she really just worked hard, as a breast cancer survivor, someone who talked about women 's health care issues. again really great victory there. there's going to be some wonderful women come to the united states senate .
>> you watched your mother make a choice going from a schoolteacher to governor of texas. what is it like for women making this kind of decision to move into this field?
>> well, i think, look. you've got to be ready to take a lot of hits and these races this year were really tough. but the exciting thing to me when i look at patty and the other women in this senate and all the other women , each one of them bring such an incredible experience to the senate. every single woman we've hadded as made each one stronger. and you know, i think it's people think women candidates by and large get things done and our experience is they do. and particularly when it comes to issues for women 's health and planned parenthood , it's so important to have alleys who understand women 's health and that's certainly the perspective that women senators bring. it's going to be a great new class.
>> i have to ask you when you watch you out there working the campaign stage, i think back about your mother. have you thought yourself about possibly running at some point?
>> well, lawrence, the only problem is i come from the state of texas . so if you follow the politics of my home state, probably no time in the near future. and i love my job at planned parenthood . i'm so proud to represent this organization. and to partner with great people in office. but thanks