Some high-powered female supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney say he’ll attract strong support from women in November’s general election. They addressed the issue in a conference call Thursday, Politico
Former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan said the only reason why polls show President Barack Obama leading Romney among women is that the GOP hasn't targeted the female demographic yet. "Historically women have moved more to the Democratic candidate than the men have, and so that’s where the gap occurs," she said.
Democrats’ advocacy for entitlements helps them attract women’s votes Buchanan said. But, "I think that this year’s going to be different. . . . What we need is jobs, someone who understands the economy, and I think women understand that more than anyone right now."
Buchanan said Democrats are trying to get women worked up over the issue of contraception to avoid focus on Obama’s weak handling of the economy. "Democrats have to win the women vote big, so what the Democrats are doing is coming up with red herrings, hopefully to get the debate on something like contraception," she said.
To be sure, Wisconsin State Sen. Alberta Darling said the GOP has a "perception problem" with women. She thinks Romney’s wife Ann can attract female voters by hammering home her husband’s economic message.
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