NMX: McMorris Rodgers to Newsmax: Women Critical to GOP Victory in November

Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 04:57 PM

By Todd Beamon and John Bachman

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Women throughout the nation will relate to Ann Romney – and she will catapult her husband to the White House this fall, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

“Ann Romney just nailed her speech, and it was so important that she pull the curtain back and give us a glimpse into her relationship with Mitt Romney and where they started in life – and, yes, they have been successful,” McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, tells Newsmax.TV. “Mitt Romney is a tremendous leader, but it was great to just hear her perspective on all of that. Women all across this country are really going to relate to Ann Romney.

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“But for me, it is clear that the Democrats, after 2010, are panicked,” the Washington state representative added. “They are panicked over the reality that the Republicans won the women’s vote in 2010. Largely driven by the economy, concerns over jobs, debt, health care – and they know they can’t let that stand.

“So, they manufactured this mythical ‘war on women,’ suggesting that the Republicans aren’t friendly – and it’s all political.”

McMorris Rodgers, who hosted the convention program on Tuesday and will speak on Wednesday evening, said that women have been far more affected by President Barack Obama’s economic policies than many people realize.

“There are more women who have lost their jobs. There are more women right now concerned about health care. Women make 85 percent of the health care decisions in this country – nudging their husbands to go to the doctor, taking their kids, taking their parents – and they are fearful of the idea that somebody in the federal government, some bureaucrat, stands in the way of their ability to make the best decisions for themselves and for their families.

“And, women do often make the purchasing decisions in the family – and they see rising food prices and rising energy prices and skyrocketing health insurance costs, and they know how tough that is,” McMorris Rodgers added. “They expect their leaders to set priorities, balance the budget and do what is good and right for America.”

McMorris Rodgers, who is vice chair of the 242-member Republican conference in the House, is pleased to see the RNC showcasing women congressional candidates from around the country this week, including Mia Love of Utah and Jackie Walorski of Illinois.

“It is truly exciting to see conservative women all across this country getting more involved in politics. We saw a record number elected to the House in 2010, four out of the six women serving as governors right now are republican. We have a record number in state legislatures, and we have more women running for office than ever.

“People like Jackie Walorski. We need that voice. We need more conservative women, and I am encouraged that more are getting involved. For years, women have been focused on their families, careers, community – and they think that they did not have time for politics.

“Now, they are seeing where this is too much of a priority and they need to make time,” McMorris Rodgers said. “It’s about my children, the future of this country – and they are carving out the time and they are running for office and they are winning.

“They are important, and they will be an important voice in this debate moving forward. I think conservative women are a key.”

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