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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Romney stumbles out of gate with untruth aimed to attract women voters

An an attempt to deflect Democrats' accusations that Republicans have launched a war on women by criticizing birth control, Romney produced a statistic in a television interview that was widely questioned.

"Over 92 percent of the jobs lost under this president were lost by women. His policies really have been a war on women," he told Fox News. Romney later repeated the number in a speech in Hartford, Connecticut. Fact checking website Politifact branded the claim "mostly false."

The missteps were notable in that women voters are a weakness that Romney needs to address ahead of the November 6 election. Obama holds an advantage with women in polls and recent Republican comments on contraception have likely helped widen that gap.

Romney aides ran into trouble on a conference call held with reporters on Wednesday ostensibly to criticize Obama's handling of the economy for women.

A reporter asked if the candidate supported the Lilly Ledbetter Act in favor of fair pay for women, the first law Obama signed and one Republican lawmakers voted against.

"We'll get back to you on that," the unidentified adviser said.


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1 comment:

Tayari Freeman@phoenix said...

Looks like Romney's people need to do some in depth research before the go up against my main man Obama because on women's vote alone he could win. As we men all know the women gossip and if your on their good side your in to win. It seems Romney need some better critical thinkers. Maybe I should ask him or maybe not because one of his advisers would just tell me-"We'll get back to you on that."