Romney on Dems' 'war on women'
April 11th, 2012
01:52 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney on Dems' 'war on women'

Wilmington, Del. (CNN) - As the Republican field winnowed Tuesday, Mitt Romney made an appeal to a voting bloc key to any candidate's success in November: women.

Though the day's headlines revolved around a decision by former Sen. Rick Santorum to suspend his campaign, Mitt Romney barreled forward with a push against Democrats as to who could best appeal to female voters.

Speaking at a Delaware structural steel factory, Romney responded to Democratic claims his party had waged a "war on women" and alienated female voters. Romney turned the argument around, accusing President Barack Obama's administration of failing working women.

"The real war on women has been the job losses as the result of the Obama economy," he told an audience in Wilmington, saying women had lost 92.3% of jobs lost under the Obama administration.

Romney said his private sector career had helped him understand what women worry about: jobs and the economy.

"If we're going to get women back to work and help women with the real issues women care about - good jobs, good wages, a bright future for themselves, their families, and their kids, we're going to have to elect a president who understands how the economy works, and I do."

A spokesman for Obama's campaign called the attack "misleading" and worked to steer the dialogue back to a debate over women's access to contraception and funding for Planned Parenthood - controversial policies espoused by some Republicans that Democrats see as a winning political issue for them.

"Because of the President’s policies we’ve since seen 25 straight months of job growth and 4 million jobs - including over 1 million for women - created in the private sector," said Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith. "We already know that Mitt Romney believes we should turn back the clock on women’s health care ... His attempts to etch-a-sketch his extreme positions won’t work, especially with women."

Democrats have seized on an apparent gender gap in the presidential race, and assailed Republicans for waging a "war on women." A new ABC-Washington Post national poll shows Obama leading Romney among women by 19%.

Romney's event was carefully staged to underscore his message. Rows of mostly women were seated behind him, filling television screens broadcasting the event.

The candidate acknowledged the owner of the steel factory, also a woman, and the 12 female business owners he met with before the event.

Filed under: 2012 • Delaware • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rick Santorum
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Liska

    We lost jobs because of Bush. BHO stemmed the tide with triage. BHO will wipe the floor with Mr. Howell. And we will dance an Irish jig when BHO has another 4 years~ to keep rebuilding the middle class ~ the backbone of this nation demolished under the last 3 GOP admins. BTW, my mother is first floor bound because of a knee injury. We cannot afford one of those electric stair chairs and this has made it incredible hard for her needs. She lives on SS. Thurston, how much does a home elevator cost ? She lives on less than 8,000 a year. Stay out of our government~ BHO 2012 Elizabeth Warren 2016 2024

    April 11, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  2. Bessy

    All women should tell this guy where to go and I think they will. The women who allow this guy to pander to them by backing him up on stage should be ashamed of themselves. They should remember what women had to go through to get this far( the right to vote, the right to limit the amount of children they give birth to, the right to work and have a career and not have to depend on men for everything, the right to get an education to have those careers ) and now he and his party want to take everything that they gained away from them. If women vote for him then they deserve what is taken away from them if he gets into office. Your choice ladies, but, he, or any other Republican, will not get my vote.

    April 11, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Suddenly, every politician has to say publicly that it is important women be allowed to play golf at Augusta.
    Then Obama has an event planned for months on women in business and suddenly Romney turns up at a factory back dropped with a stage full of women workers!!
    My wife and several others I know I including corporate women Presidents are appalled at the insult these comments are to women who feel demeaned they say to me.
    Yes Jobs are important, but sorry guys there are other things we consider like wars killing our sons and daughters, social policies like positions on contraception( unrealistic they say to me) and the ban for planned parenthood, and ban on funds for abortion which in certain respects flies in the face of SCOTUS and Roe vs Wade which many say they would legislate to invalidate.
    Stagecraft does not win the hearts and minds of women. They are very practised at slapping down stupid passes from men.

    April 11, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  4. Marry

    The only thing Romney has ever shown is how the economy works to make him and his friends rich! He has never done anything that might work for you to be better off! But, that is the GOP platform: More for the ones that have – and let the ones that would really need it pay for it. (Like in reduced tax rates for the rich and tax breaks for corporations and defense spending going to make the big profits through no-bid contracts… the list is long of how to shovel your taxes to the top!) And if you think that this program is beneficial for women, men, families or the country, please think again!

    April 11, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  5. Kevin

    This guy is a joke, now the ech-a-sketch candidate begins. What Romney doesn't know is that everything he said during the GOP nomination will come back to haunt him, plus people will not forget, especially women. What I ask my fellow Americans is to look what a candidate says and does, then make up your mind on who to vote for.

    April 11, 2012 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  6. Iamnotfooled

    Romney should have spoken out strongly against Rush Limbaugh. He did not because his company Bain Capital owns the radio station. He knew what Rush said was wrong and yet he said nothing to back up Sandra Fluke. He is against Obamacare and Planned Parenthood. Therefore he is against women and their rights to have affordable heallthcare for themselves and their families. He will say anything now to get the womens vote, but women are smarter then that. We will remember in November. Obama-Biden 2012. We want our President to respect women and allow them to choose what is right for them.

    April 11, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  7. Harry Baxter

    Nice to see that Karl Rove is bak writing asinities for Mitt to deliver to the faithful GOP followers. If you think that the Dems are conducting a "War on Women", you're not smart enough to vote.

    April 11, 2012 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  8. Ricardo

    Mitt, u have a big problem

    April 11, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Good luck with the women flip flopper. Except for the right wing zealots wives who can't speak for themselves or else they will be thrown into the bedroom and/or kitchen women really and truly don't like you.
    Planned Parenthood, that organization that you and your wife have given money to, and now you tell women to go somewhere else because you are going to abolish them? People who love animals who think you are a monster for putting your put dog on the top of your SUV and travel from Boston to Toronto. Not good either.
    Your only people, and you ARE the 1% in numbers, are the people who dream of car elevators in their house in La Jolla or any other millionaire community.

    April 11, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  10. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama's word made fantasy like Peter used wolf cry.

    Both parties have women.

    April 11, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  11. royboy

    Romney the what do you believe in candidate! Guess what Romney no one believes you, Everything is Obama's fault! Well guess what mr. Romney I still blame the Republican party for everyone's woes. Conservatives will see through you and stay home that big night.

    April 11, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  12. TomInRochNY

    Mitt, that's the same message you give everyone. What about specific issues like womens health, contraception, abortion, etc.? Yeah, I didn't think you had anything to say about those things. Pathetic try.

    April 11, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Romney can pander and lie all he wants, he will NEVER get elected to any public office, most certainly not the office of President.

    April 11, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  14. Sandy

    LOL Republicans are dumb, well at least Romney is. He doesn't understand that womens' reproductive health has a lot to do with weather women can have a steady job. Women must have access to Birth control in order to control if and when they have children so they can work or go to school to improve their lot in life. This is why men should have absolutely no say in women's health because they have no idea what they are talking about.

    April 11, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  15. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    What a phony, he will lose again in a Dem landslide in Nov.

    April 11, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    One of the things that many women are concerned about is health care. I suspect that many women like the Affordable Care Act because it gives them peace of mind when it comes to their kids. There is also Romney's call for ending aid to Planned Parenthood which targets the health care for women (they do more than just abortions) that moves some women away from him. Look at the many statements he and other Republicans have made and it really looks like a war on women along with science, renewable energy and mass transportation to name just a few.

    April 11, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  17. king

    Romney, the murderer of manufacturing jobs, have the nerves to talk about war on woman. This man will lie and stage the American people to their doom. What jobs is he creating if manufacturing jobs, which are the root for every other jobs, has been destroyed in his wake. He wants to go back to the bush trickle down policies, of pushing money to the rich and pushing the tab on the middle class and working poor. This policy brought on the great depression and the great recession, yet these repubs cannot open their eyes, because of all those millions of dollars that the rich is pushing to them. I am so glad that women are not so easily fooled, and are less likely to gamble, when they know they've just got jacked.

    April 11, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  18. Marlee

    Last I checked Republicans AND Democrats kept women down and men still hold the power positions. What a wonderful world it would be if women were in charge! =)

    April 11, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    This guy cries on women, Obama, Detroit, etc. Nonsense to this nation. Flip-flop.

    April 11, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Actually, the GOP war on women goes well beyond good jobs. Personhood candidate, Mittens, has promised to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, (that denies cancer screening for 3 million women) repeal the Affordable Health Care Act (which will deny coverage to as many as 50 million women and their families). In addition he has promised to follow the Ryan/Romney budget which will defund food stamps and countless programs that women use for their children. While there is more, (Rep. Walker in WI eliminated the 'equal pay for equal work ' for women), I would say that the Taliban and the flip flopper have a problem with women.

    April 11, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  21. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Willard, it was you who said you'll do away with Planned PArenthood. But you said that after saying you'll support womens rights. You're a liar! Your etch-a-sketch tactics are not going to work on the general electorate. Plain and simple, you're full of it.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 11, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  22. Dave

    Funny, but everytime Romney talks about jobs, he never produces an actual plan. What is he going to do? We have no idea. Considering that Massachusettes was ranked 47th in job creation under his watch, perhaps he really doesn't have a plan.

    April 11, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  23. PJ/Tx

    If Romney cares about women, and not just their vote, he would:
    1. Tell his "fellow Republicans" to renew the Violence Against Women Act, and quit playing games.
    2. Tell Wisconsin Governor how wrong he was to repeal the Equal Pay Act.
    3. Flip on his decision to defund Planned Parenthood

    April 11, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  24. Phil in KC

    The reason that most of the job growth has been for men is that the growth is industries which are primarily male – such as construction.
    As for twisting the facts to claim Democrats are worse for women than Republicans, that's just ludicrous. It is the Republicans who would deny women family planning. They don't want them to have contraception and they don't want them to be able to get abortions – even in cases of rape or incest. So, how are they going to grow the female work population if they're stuck at home having babies?
    Democrats have also championed equality in the workplace and female-friendly policies in the workplace. Republicans generally oppose these.

    April 11, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  25. a little sad

    "The real war on women has been the job losses as the result of the Obama economy," he told an audience in Wilmington, saying women had lost 92.3% of jobs lost under the Obama administration.

    Has anyone challenged him on this figure? Any guys out there think only 7.7% of job losses were among males?

    Or was this another Repub "not intended to be a factual statement"?

    April 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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