Romney on Dems' 'war on women'
April 11th, 2012
01:52 AM ET
11 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. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney is better at flip-flopping than he is at projecting. The argument itself is pure absurdity. Whomever advised Romney to pursue this talking point needs to be severely reprimanded because it makes the candidate look like: a liar; a con man; as if he's tryng to weave some grand deception on the public and this is just the opening act.

    April 11, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. gg

    Sounds stupid.

    April 11, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. mohamed barry

    Romny always claim to know how the Economy works but he hasn't yet explain how it works. Well how does the Economy work Mr Romny ?
    Definitely not by firing people or leaving the middle class families on their own.

    April 11, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. PHIL TJ

    That is how he has been and that is how he will be. Take care voters. You dont get votes from women, there is ???-

    April 11, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY


    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

    4. Governer Walker OKd isolating women who want an abortion and not allowing family to be in on discussion...basically letting the counselor "guilt" the women into changing her mind without family support.

    What say you Mittens? Is it stay the course on fanaticism or is it Etch a Sketch time?

    April 11, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. GI Joe

    He's a liar. There is not one single democrat Gov. that wants to probe women or pay them less than men or cut their birth control from health care. ALL the new Republican Governors want to probe, cut, and control. If that's not a republican war on women, I don't know what else to call it.

    April 11, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. varag

    Can Romney and GOP machine provide statistics on how many women lost jobs compared to men when the country was bleeding 750000 jobs a month?
    How many women got jobs from 2004-2008 compared to men?
    It is ridiculous that the same person (Romney) and party (GOP ) create so much out cry that the current president is dividing the country, and now they resort to cheap shots dividing the country just to get Women vote?
    Do they think Women stupid to fall for this?

    April 11, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Scottyurb

    If 100% of the job's lost in this recession were once held by women, it STILL wouldn't JUSTIFY the GOP's ongoing WAR ON WOMEN or give a smidgeon of creedence to Mitt's latest fabrication about what Obama/Democrats did, have done or are doing to them. Democrat's nationwide have been doing nothing but support Women and calling out Republican's who think that their Anti-Feminine Legislative Platform is actual "Governance". Seven years running, Mitt Romney has got to be the "premier" panderer of our time. In all that time you'd think he's a realized that you can't pander to the Far Right Wing and Women at the same time and expect to be considered electable.

    April 11, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. American

    Why does Romney lie so much?

    A: He knows he cannot stand on his positions, which are indeed an assault on American women's rights. Romney wants to defund family planning & healthcare while supporting an amendment that outlaws contraceptives for women.

    April 11, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. lyn

    ONE message to the GOP's and the flip floping ROMNEY think again we are not stupid. " PRESIDENT OBAMA we are very happy with you as our President you care for us women and we will always be there supporting you.
    " OBAMA / BIDEN 2012"

    April 11, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Michael

    Romney has changewd positions on several issues in order to appeal to the right wing of the party. The republicans blasted Kerry as being a flip flopper. Expext Romney to get the same treatment, diservedly so.

    April 11, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. usualone

    He cannot erase the words he has spoken no his actions. I love the one where he said he wouldn't word it exactly like Rush Limbaugh did. That means obviously he agrees with Limbaugh. How would he have worded it? A reporter needs to ask this when it comes up again.

    April 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Ann

    Romney talks about economy and jobs, and the Obama team responds again with contraception and Planned parenthood stories? Give women a fair chance in the labor market! They can take care of their other problems if they have good jobs and money.

    April 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. gg

    wonder if the cayman islands is looking for a president

    April 11, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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