Parties continue to skirmish over the female vote
April 15th, 2012
06:09 PM ET
8 years ago

Parties continue to skirmish over the female vote

Washington (CNN) - Both political parties continued jockeying Sunday to position themselves as more deserving of the female vote, a battle that took on new life last week after a Democratic strategist questioned Ann Romney's validity in giving her husband advice on economic issues affecting women.

The criticism from Hilary Rosen, also a CNN contributor, rekindled the national conversation on whether Republicans or Democrats are better equipped to improve economic conditions for women and gave Republicans a line of attack against Democrats. Polls show a majority of female voters favor President Barack Obama over presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.


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  1. Michelle

    The pointof the womens movement was not to mandate that both women and men in every household needed to work. It was to empower the working family so that either the man or woman could be the primary provider depending on the economic climate to create greater stability.

    April 16, 2012 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  2. Marlee

    The two parties may have morphed over the years, but yet neither one is the party of women. I agree with Mrs. Romney that women prioritize the economy. We worry about paying the bills and the government burying our children in debt. I know if morals are put first the economy would blossom. From my POV it takes more resources for a mother to work than raise her own children.

    April 16, 2012 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Yawn yawn, and Hilary Rosens comments ( she is not an official democratic party policy strategist. Please state facts correctly not the title you as media give these people to ad creds.) will not really influence in a major way the womens vote. it is a storm in a tecup with Republicans who knew they were down on this vote trying to make it important, it will fail. Mrs Romney chose because she and Mitt could afford to choose to do so i.e Mrs Romney not to have a salaried employment 09:00 to 17:00 job outside but to concentrate on raising 5 children.
    Good for her, and may all those women capable of choosing that option; very few I guess take her economic advice.
    Those that choose work ( especially career type ladies) and raise a family have a different situation by choice and the economics and costs are not within Mrs Romney's specific knowledge or experience and certainly not those who simply cannot get a job and still have to care for a child perhaps with child support from an ex husband as a big part of the budget, and then having to get by when ex hubby is out of a job and child support gets unpaid!!.
    She has no clue whatsoever about how those people get or pay for medical expenses, or how to claim for food stamps. I bet she has no idea which govt office to got to, closest to her main residence, for any of those.
    She should and the Republican party should put thier umbrage back in thier pockets. Rosen did not say she was a bad person because of her choice just that factually she never had a salaried paid 09:00-17:00 job by choice and was unlikely to be able to advise her husband even how women who have to work and raise a family do it especially single parents..

    April 16, 2012 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Except for the die hard bible thumping religious uneducated crowd who continue to vote against their own economic interest in the name of god and "country" I can't imagine any woman with a brain voting for the teapublikan taliban. The party that wants to send us back to the 50s and back alley abortion doctors and want to internally probe pregnant women so they don't get an abortion never mind not being able to afford contraception pills while the men get their viagra and cialis practically for free. There are other states that are taking away women's rights as we speak including the confederate rising VA who now makes women have ultrasound if they are even thinking of abortion.

    April 16, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  5. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    The was and is no "skirmish" over the "female vote" for one very good reason. The GOBP long since stopped pretending it cared at all about women and their concerns, and the last two or three decades bear witness to the GOBP's treatment of women as second or third class citizens. This war was fought years ago, the Dems won, the GOBP lost. The GOBP has remained at war with women ever since. Much as some of you may try, you can't rewrite history, so own it ya GOBP cultists.

    April 16, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
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