McCain: I agree with Ann Romney
April 15th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain: I agree with Ann Romney

(CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain on Sunday said Mitt Romney will be able to bridge the gender gap in the next election given that women, as the candidate's wife said, care most about the economy.

"I do believe that Ann Romney was right when she said the women she talks to and the women I talk to, traveling around my state, are interested in jobs and the economy," McCain, a Romney backer, said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "There's no doubt that a lot of women have been hurt very badly in this recession. And jobs and the economy is their number one priority."

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The former 2008 Republican presidential candidate's comments came days after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen ignited a firestorm when she said Ann Romney had "never worked a day in her life." Rosen later apologized, but that did not stop pundits and politicians from seizing on the remark to make their respective political points largely in an effort to play to the female vote ahead of the 2012 election.

A recent poll from ABC News/Washington Post showed President Barack Obama leading Romney among women, 57% to 38%, despite his single-digit lead over the former Massachusetts governor in a hypothetical general election match-up.

But McCain, Arizona's senior senator, said Romney's economic proposals will play to women who are focused on "feeding their families and being able to stay in their homes."

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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • John McCain
soundoff (33 Responses)

    McCain covering for Mitt McCain. What a surprise. Two losers.

    April 15, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. joe smith

    if the senators/congressman of this Nation, were required to have a balanced budget amendment, this Nation would NOT be 13 trillion dollars overspent, and mr. mccains' comments would be moot, if these politicos ran their personal households, like they run our gov't, they all would have been sherriff-saled long ago..but the good old American people, they just get ripped again..

    April 15, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. thomas

    But McCain, Arizona's senior senator, said Romney's economic proposals will play to women who are focused on "feeding their families and being able to stay in their homes."

    Just like it did under the Bush Administration. McCain needs to retire , what ever happened to older wisdom ?
    Romney " Latter Day Bush ".

    April 15, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. ronjayaz

    The bell has been rung on Ann Romney. Wud U call it work to raise 5 boys with an army of nannies (no changing diapers), home schooled (no taking the kids to school) by professional tutors, and the rigid Mormon code of discipline, come on, America, let's get real.

    April 15, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I respect John McCain and think he is only trying to help by this position regarding Mrs. Romney, but I think they are both wrong. Yes, women are concerned about the economy, very much so , however with the Repubs sounding off about what they want to do to our healthcare, it is ludicrous to say that anything else comes first. IT DOESN'T!!! Mrs. Romney , I'm sure is a lovely person but she lives in a different world than most of our countrys women do. Every day brings a concern for the bill we can't pay, a doctor we can't afford...... We feel that our health has to be just about the most important thing during some very painful times in order to keep moving ahead!!!!!!

    April 15, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. stephanie

    that is not possible since the goper's think women should be seen and not heard. just not quite sure why the men and some women think it's ok to put bc in the hands of bosses and dr's. what is it about the idiots that think it's ok for them to do forced probes and it you don't like just close your eyes????? what is wrong with you people? one comment is not going to take away all of their actions.

    April 15, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. GL

    You gave us Sara Palin so we do not care about what you think.

    April 15, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. George Robinson

    Of course, that worked brilliantly for McCain in 2008, when he drew 43% of the female vote as opposed to 56% for Obama.

    Always ask an expert.

    April 15, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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