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How can Mitt Romney overcome his huge deficit among women?
Members of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Etch-A-Sketches in hand, call for a stop to the war on women and objected to Romney's proposal to stop federal support for Planned Parenthood.
April 9th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

How can Mitt Romney overcome his huge deficit among women?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Women may very well hold the key to the next election - and at least for now, President Obama is in the driver's seat.

In a dozen crucial swing states, the president holds a whopping 18-point lead among women over Mitt Romney. And Democrats are using every chance they can to accuse the GOP of waging a "war on women."

President Obama hosted a forum on women's issues at the White House - touting his administration's achievements on equal pay and workplace flexibility, saying "Women are not an interest group. You shouldn't be treated that way."

Republicans have traditionally faced a gender gap when it comes to women voters, but it looks like Romney faces a particularly steep uphill battle.

The Obama campaign says Romney's promise to "end planned parenthood" and his stance on contraception in employer health care plans will hurt him in the general election.

Some say Romney missed a golden opportunity to sway women voters by not taking a stand when Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student a "slut" for her position on birth control.

Republicans insist the gender gap will disappear once the contentious GOP Primary ends. one of the ways Romney might ease the gender gap is by naming a woman as his running mate.

Meanwhile, the battle over women comes as the debate rages on over the refusal of the Augusta National Golf Club to admit them. First President Obama - and then Romney - called on Augusta to accept women.

Maureen Dowd writes that Augusta should "stop emulating the Saudis;" and "You know you're in trouble when Rick Santorum is urging you to be more progressive on women."

Here’s my question to you: How can Mitt Romney overcome his huge deficit among women?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Carolyn in California:
Spin, that's how. Security trumps all in the female vote. By dialing up his jobs and improved health care plans, and dialing back his promise to nix support for Planned Parenthood, he'll soon clear his screen of this sketchy issue and get more of us back than he's lost.

Connie in Indiana:
Romney keeps referring those questions of women to his wife. She drives two Cadillacs; I don't (they won't even let me sit in one). I had three kids and then used birth control; she had five kids and rails against birth control. She doesn't know me. Who does he think is running, him or his wife ?

Brian in San Diego:
The only shot he has left is to take a stand against the far-right elements of his party and say clearly "this is the wrong approach, I am not going to blindly follow this doctrine as president". Unfortunately for him, he's moved so far to the right already to try and win those voters that repudiating them now would just be seen as another flip-flop.

Ken in Seattle:
Romney can't seem to relate to anyone who isn't just like him. That's everyone who is not 1% of the 1% and not male. He has shown repeatedly by his own actions and words that he just doesn't care. He is further hampered by a Republican Party which cares even less about the rest of us than he does.

Andy on Facebook:
Announce a female V.P. running mate, besides Sarah Palin.

Frank in Los Angeles:
I can't think of anything short of ending his quest for the Presidency and opting instead for a shot on Dancing with the Stars. Other than that, anything he does to overcome this deficit with women voters will assuredly be smoke and mirrors.

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  1. JD in NH

    He can't because it is happening within the entire Republican party at both federal and state levels. Women do not want to be barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen and we'll stress that point at the polls in November.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  2. Ed from Harrisburg

    I am afraid that there is nothing Mitt can do to overcome his deficit with women any more that Barak Obama can do to overcome the Republican deficit. Mitt has lived a life of white male privilege in this country which is antithetical to the hard fought gains of American women over the last century. He is seen as part of an attempt to roll back those gains at a time when women constitute over 50% of the population. Perhaps the only way he might win this election is to pick Olympia Snow as his running mate.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  3. Texasgomer

    I might suggest a sex change operation but there would be no flip on that flip flop.

    Ray Lubbock, Texas

    April 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  4. Tom in Desoto, TX

    It could help if he were to pick up the tab from the ladies next trip to the mall.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  5. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think a lot of the damage Romney and the Republican Party did to women cannot be repaired by election time. Romney had his chance to stand up to Rush Limbaugh along with the other Republican candidates and denounced him for the statements he made about a young college student expressing her views. Then you have all of these states with Republican governors approving this vaginal probe. That has to be offensive to women it's offensive to me and I'm not a woman. The Republican attack on Planned Parenthood whose 98% of their business goes to helping women getting monograms and other women's exams and supplying birth control, which the Republicans seem to be strongly against. I don't know much about women but one thing I do know is they have a long memory and they do not forget.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  6. Pete in Georgia

    How ??
    By women taking a few minutes to learn the truth about Mitt, his life, his marriage, and quit listening to all the lies and media mis-information they listen to.
    Sometimes it takes a little effort to uncover the TRUTH.
    Worth the time.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  7. Brian, San Diego

    The only shot he has left is to take a stand against the far-right elements of his party and say clearly "this is the wrong approach, I am not going to blindly follow this doctrine as President". Unfortunately for him, he's moved so far to the right already to try and win those voters that repudiating them now would just be seen as another flip-flop.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  8. Doug Ericson

    Mitts wife suggested that he should un-zip his pants. Well, that makes her an optimist, because if Mitt is like most other 60 somethings, there is nothing living behind that door. So we need to take a different tact to make Mitt more appealing to women. Mitt can't do much untill he gets nominated, but when he does he can re-shape his poitions on a blank page. He can become pro choice again in most cases. He can neutralize his stance on contraceptives. He can promise a free cell phone and a years unlimited use for every woman that votes for him. Mitt can't create a company that makes swerve free cars. Mitt can raise the minimum wage for women that work and have kids. Just give Mitt the nomination and Mitt will be a new man that the women can love. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  9. Bill of New Mexico

    Allow Anne Romney to speak more–giving her true opinion.

    Get Anne Romney to take some lessons from Hillary in 1993–WITHOUT making Hillary's mistakes.

    Strike Obama every time Obama screws up which is daily.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  10. Ed from California

    Jack, he can't. He's not going to win the presidency. He doesn't stand a chance. what he should have done is used all the money he's throwing away running for office for something good.....like starting, real affordable, clean and safe board and care facilities all over this nation for our nations elderly. That would be a better use of his money and his image.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  11. Ed from Texas

    It's not just Gov. Romney. The Republican Party has a huge deficit with women because they are against choice, contraception and equal pay for women.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  12. Karl in Flint, MI

    To make any headway with getting women to vote for him, he has to decide, will he stick with the current GOP stance of pro-life, anti-women's health or will he ditch the Tea Party/Evangelical votes and be pro-choice, pro women's health. He can't have both and he needs to decide fast which will get him the most votes. I'd say pro choice and women's health but, Mitt is Mitt.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  13. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    It is too late to try. When President Obama pushed equal pay with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that was the time for Mitt to break with his party. When Red states were passing laws banning the day after pill in cases of rape, that was the time for Mitt to break with his party. When Rush Limpbough embarrassed his mother and all of humanity, that was the time for Mitt to show the character worthy of presidency. Too late now.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  14. jk in MN

    He'll try to do it the way he tries on every issue – say that he's against the war to the women and for the war to his nutty base. Mitt will say anything that he thinks can garner votes for him – he doesn't have a lot of principle he sticks to.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  15. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Number one, he can get out of our bedrooms; number two, pay higher taxes; number three, mess up his hair a bit.
    Oh, and yes, let us know he's ever done something useful with all his money.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  16. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    I can't think of anything short of ending his quest for the Presidency and opting instead for a shot on Dancing With The Stars. Other than that, anything he does to overcome this deficit with women voters will assuredly be smoke and mirrors.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  17. Jenna Roseville CA

    How can Mitt Romney overcome his huge deficit among women?

    He can't. He too waged war on women when he made statements like "When I am elected into office I am going to defund Planned Parenthood" and "Employers should not be forced to fund health care insurance that includes contraception for women" etc..

    Even his own religion, which he is a Bishop of, treats their women as 2nd class citizens and broodmares for their individual kingdoms.

    And when Romeny tries to woo women I think of the SNL skit from this past Saturday where a man shouts out "WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU"

    I can tell you that he wouldn't get my vote.

    Obama has supported women in his administration since the very beginning and continues to.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  18. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Get pregnant and have a collection of white good ol boys – otherwise known as Republican party – decide your reproductive rights. Right after your intravaginal ultrasound examination.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  19. lou

    He could run as a democrat. Other than that, he's toast.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  20. Caolyn in California

    Spin–that's how. Security trumps all in the female vote. By dialing up his jobs and improved-healthcare plans, and dialing back his promise to nix support for Planned Parenthood, he'll soon clear his screen of this sketchy issue and get more of us back than he's lost

    April 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  21. Brad, Portland, OR

    He and the Republican party need to change their anti-women policies.

    It's that simple.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  22. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    He keeps referring those questions of women to his wife, Jack she drives two Cadillac , I don't( they won't even let me set in one). I had three kids and then used birth control , she had five kids and rails against birth control she don't know me. Beside who does he think is running him or his wife ?

    April 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  23. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He can't. Women don't trust Romney and I'm glad as they usually determine the outcome of elections. He can try to flip-flop again but women have much longer memories than men and they won't fall for his lies.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  24. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He can withdraw from the Presidential race and take his wife for a long drive to the Caymen Islands in one of the their cadillacs.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  25. barbara in nc

    He can't. That bell has been rung and you know yourself that you can't unring a bell.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  26. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    It's way too late for Romney to reverse his image among women voters, especially those with more progressive and enlightened views. The Republicans have succeded in alienating and insulting what is arguably one of the largest voting blocks in America, and no amount of fancy double-talk and fake smiling is going to change that. I believe American women are more interested in moving forward, not backwards.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  27. Richard Texas

    I don't think he can Jack. Romney is no looker and his personality is not charismatic. Basically he has nothing to offer women. He has nothing in common with them. He is a bore and comes across as arrogant and like a spoiled rich kid that never quite grew up. He " Enjoys firing people". He said so himself. Now that gives women a warm and fuzzy feeling all over. He is like a ping pong ball going back and forth on issues that matter to women depending on who his audience is at the time. The only thing consistent about the man is his inconsistency.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  28. Phil, georgia

    FLIP FLOP. FLIP FLOP. CHANGE POSITIONS, PIVOT, NOT REALLY MEAN WHAT HE HAS BEEN SAYING, LIE, SPIN, WHICH ALL MEANS to not really have a core belief. Something that you will stand for against all odds, something that you have researched, self-debated, closely examined and come to a conviction that should be hard to change especially over years of scrutiny. But Mitt changes like the Wind and who wants a Fickle leader. A woman would not know what rights she would have from day to day......

    April 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  29. Ken in Seattle

    Romney can't seem to relate to anyone who isn't just like him. That's everyone who is not 1% of the 1% and not male. He has shown repeatedly by his own actions and words that he just doesn't care. He is further hampered by a Republican Party which cares even less about the rest of us that he does. Why anyone who isn't part of his exclusive little club of very wealthy men would vote for him is beyond comprehension.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  30. Gary in San Jose, California

    Mitt can't overcome his huge deficit with women. Republicans have an insensitive image and Mitt has done little to change that image. The best he can do is close the gap a little by trying to appeal to the anti-incumbent female demographic.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  31. ken, atlantic city, nj

    I don't know what women are whining about. They now control 51.3% of all the wealth, they don't have to register for the draft, they get the same pay as men for teaching, cops, firefighters, FBI, military, congress etc.. If they don't work and get divorced they even get half of what the man earned all his life. Obama is the one who signed an executive order banning all government paid abortion not romney. Obama is the one who orders drone attacks which kill women and children in afghanistan and pakistan and calls it collateral damage. Obama is the one who has ordered the assassination of american citizens because he thought they were a threat. Romney appears to treat his wife and family with respect and has good family values.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  32. curtis in philadelphia

    Don't worry Jack, Romney will be just fine once the primaries are over and his advisers shake him up like an etch-a-sketch and tell him to retract his "end planned parenthood" statement. He will, but then comes the October surprise that Romney is a devout Mormon with three other wives tucked away in his various homes. Good times Jack, good times.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  33. Mark in BC NV

    Obama says, "Women are not an interest group. You shouldn't be treated that way." Then why do you and your Democratic party treat blacks this way? Such hypocracy from the Left. Again, Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the Democratic party and how they pull the strings of the maint-stream-media.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  34. Pete in Florida

    About the only way is, he gives away his millions, gets race and sex change operations, goes to Planned Parenthood for contraception help, gets raped and impregnated, can't have an abortion of the deformed retarded rape-baby, loses job and health insurance, is shunned by society, scrapes by on foodstamps and welfare, and eventually becomes a $20 crack whore. Or he could just shut up, stop pretending he's not white and super-rich, and stop trying to put himself on every side of every issue.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  35. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, Romney can't control that when he represents a party that is behind a nationwide attack on women's rights. It's a combination of mysoginism and using religion as an excuse for GOP governors and legislators to pass ridiculous laws that violate women's rights and in many cases, the constitution. Romney can't make any progress until the right-wingers repudiate these policies, and that ain't gonna happen!

    April 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  36. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Romney is in so deep the only way up with women is to become a transgender and enter the Miss. Universe contest.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  37. Paul - North Carolina

    No problem. Shake the Etch-a-Sketch. As soon as he has the nomination in hand a new Romney will emerge. Suddenly he'll be all for Planned Parenthood and insurance coverage for contraception and every other woman's issue he can think of. And Mitt and his campaign staff will believe they'll buy into it because, after all, they are women (Nudge, Wink).

    April 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  38. Jeff In Minnesota

    Romney wanted to win the Republican nomination, so he had no choice but to say certain things, things that I really do not believe he actually believes, but this is the "game" we play these days. Obama did the same thing and look at the trouble he has with his base regarding what they see as unfulfilled promises. I still think there is room for an independent party to take 60% of the electorate out of the middle and tell the Democratic and Republican parties to take a hike and fight over the remaining 40% and see how that works getting either party nominee elected.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  39. Ram Riva

    He simply cannot....this time, his flip floping got him on the wrong side with women.....if he thinks naming a Palin2 for his VP......he's doomed for the 2012 election

    April 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  40. Greg in Arkansas

    Jack, the GOP suggested he might "ease the gender gap is by naming a woman as his running mate"????
    Maybe he should ask Hillary Clinton to be VP......that would really liven things up......he might even have a chance then because any other woman he might choose would be seen as pandering for the women's vote.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  41. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    He can BECOME a woman, and seeing how he has contorted himself on every other issue, I wouldn't put it past him. Other than that, as hard as he may try to shake the Etch-A-Sketch clean of his latest anti-woman views, the Democrats will be there to remind voters every step of the way.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  42. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, if I were Romney's campaign manager I'd suggest he could kill two birds with one stone by asking Condolezza Rice to be his Vice Presidential running mate. She's a black female with excellent background experience. The only problem being that, since she's smarter than he is, she'd probably turn him down and I'd be out of a job.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  43. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    He has made it extremely hard to shake the old Etch-a-Sketch on this issue. I don't think he can talk his way out of it. If the Catholic bishops come to his defense, it will hurt him more than help him. He is stuck with his base, which is more shrilly conservative all of the time.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  44. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    He might want to concider a sex change operation.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  45. Vinny in Connecticut

    There is no 'war on women'! This was all made up by the Obama re election campaign which started when George Stephanopoulos, a Democrat operative, asked the Republican candidates about birth control in a debate back in January. All women can get birth control pills from any WalMart, Target and elsewhere for about $9 a month or even free from Planned Parenthood. That whole Sandra Fluke episode was another part of the plan orchestrated by Obama's re election campaign to 'stoke the fire' and pretend that there's a 'war on women'. It is all total nonsense and just one of the ploys of dirty Chicago syle politics which the so called 'main stream media' feeds into and spreads for one purpose- to get Obama re elected. What NBC, CBS, ABC, NYTimes et al are doing in concert with the Obama team is disgusting; they are total frauds who have lost all credibility as 'journalists'

    April 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  46. Cy Gardner

    One suggestion? Stop sounding so phony. He needs to find an area where he has real sincere beliefs that more reflect the average woman's opinion than the average angry, uneducated white southern male's opinion. I'm not sure if anything resembling sincerity resides within him on ANY issue, but if there is something that women believe and support and he really, truly believes that same thing, he should talk about THAT and try to do a much better job of communicating or imitating sincerity. Most people don't like him because he sounds SO phony. cy from arlington, va

    April 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  47. Joy Ferguson

    I I think Romney might be much more moderate if he didn't have to appeal to the crazies in his party. When he said he would defund Planned Parenthood if he were elected that made a lot of women run into Obama's arms. I feel Planned Parenthood saved my life because when I was diagnosed with Breast cancer and didn't have Health Care they got me coverage within a week. I was 64 yrs of age at the time and will forever be grateful to them and anyone who attacks P. P. has an enemy in me.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  48. Gigi Oregon

    Romney can't...as a one time republican who became disappointed in the rhetoric of the "Religious right" party philosophy. When a woman is scorned by her party, man or his "Saudi like" demands, there is no return. And any woman on the Republican ticket will not make a difference. The Republicans have tried to put women in a subservient place for hundred of years and we've come a long way with no intent to slide back. I respect marriage as long as it's a partnership and the "Golden rule" is the moral compass...

    April 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  49. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Maybe if Mitt Romney cured his premature extrapulation women would like him better.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  50. Rebecca from Georgia

    I believe that Mitt doesn't have much of a change to win against Obama. None of the Republican candidates do. In one way or another they've alienated women almost to the point of saying we should be back in the kitchens again. I once met a preacher who believed that and believe me he tried everything to make the school mad at him. He got my boyfriend pretty mad with some of the stuff he said about me because my mom is the main bread-winner of the family. My school prevailed while the preacher skulked off. In this day and age to say that women are inferior is bad form for anyone wanting to represent us overseas. Do they know how many female world leaders there are and how closely they are watching this race. The GOP better wise up and change their strategy or there are never getting back into the White House anytime soon.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  51. Ray in Knoxville

    It's simple, Jack, he'll get the husbands and fathers in America to tell their wives and daughters to vote for him. How hard can it be?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  52. MYSTEROIUS

    How dump do YOU think women are, that we would vote for a front runner because he chose a woman has his running mate? Sarah Palin ring a bell? McCain camp tried the same thing, thinking that women were upset because Hillary didn't get the not. I am not a Republican, but if I were, that would not be my criteria in electing a president.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  53. Joe Lerch

    Mitt Romney needs to call out Rush Limbaugh and denouce all mysogyny on hate talk radio

    April 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  54. Jim Charlotte NC

    He can't. People like Limbaugh and his "Feminazi" remarks, the opposing of ERA by Republicans to the march in Washington when women were declared equal but the man was the "head of the household" Republicans (Conservatives) well always be branded with a label of being anti-woman.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  55. Thom Richer

    He can never overcome this deficit. Why? Simply because he has a belief in his mind that will never change. He does not have a connection with the working class, the unemployed, the uninsured, the retirees, unions, teachers, education, religion, the needs of Americans and especially women's needs and concerns. He will never change his inner beliefs sincerely and honestly and the women know it. He may say he supports an issue one way or another but it will only be for his own good politically or personally. Can't change a leopard's spots. Women know it. Give them the credit they deserve for being attentive enough and intelligent enough to see through his thin egocentric veneer.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  56. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Women need to look at the national issues and not just their skewed view of things. It is like people complaining that there was no woman on the money. Surely, there were more important things to think about. Just give me the money, I don't care whose picture is on it. What is good for the country is good for women. We need to take care of our own little problems without the government and we are strong enough to do that. Get a grip!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  57. Nancy, Tennessee

    To be a member at Augusta National takes two things, lots of money and being born a man. Governor Romney qualifies! Unfortunately, he doesn't care what women want and has no idea what it means to be poor. He thinks the same way the club does. Is he a member?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  58. Matt

    Shut his mouth! It can't hurt.

    Matt
    Rockford

    April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  59. Debra

    Mitt and all of those other ridiculous republican candidates – need to go home... they all embarrass our country! Such a joke!
    There is no connection to me on any level!!! Very sad!!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  60. Mr. D

    I guess he could leave the Morman church and start an abortion clinic, but that would be rather extreme. The next best thing would be for him to remain silent during the remaing days of the campaign.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  61. bud rupert

    Mitt Romney is a minor leaguer. Members of the press don't like him, Women don';t like him, I don't like him and I bet you and Wolf don't like him Jack.
    However he will still attract the hard core righties who will vote for anything that says conservative on it.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  62. Larry in Houston

    How can Mitt Romney overcome his huge deficit among women ?
    Answer : maybe he needs to let his wife, Ann to do some speeches. I only hope whomever gets elected, whether it is obama, or romney, I hope this country can live with whomever it is. I say, once you vote, and the Vote is Over, and who ever Wins, thats It. Unlike the state of Wisconsin, where After the Election and the Vote is Over with, people in the state are wanting to put their name on a huge signature board, and try to collect millions & millions of names, ( which in my opinion, is a bunch of b.s.) Then try to Turn Over the Governorship to somebody else, AFTER the Voting & Election is Over With. Same Way with the Republican Congress, The people voted for this republican congress, so that's what we've got. There's people in this country who simply doesn't give a hoot, whether we've got a republican congress, or whomever they've got as their Governor, because they don't understand the system. They think all they have to do is Just Vote for whomever is running for President, and everything will fix itself. I Hope To GOD that people don't think all they have to do is Just put their Name on a piece of paper and pass it along, and try to get a billion names on it, to try to overturn the presidency. IF they want their "man" in office, they better Vote.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  63. Renee, Illinois

    I would bust a gut laughing at this question but I'm a woman and I'm poor so I can't afford to see a doctor if I hurt myself. The Republicans are so very wrong if they think this problem is going to disappear in the general election. And I have been paying attention. The democrats didn't start this, they're just using it to their best advantage. I used to think only the democrats were gutless cowards who should get doormat tattooed to their foreheads. I was wrong. The Republicans have been proving that they can be just as gutless re: afraid to stand up against Rush. And a woman as a running mate is hardly a guaranteed fix; remember Sarah? Nope, this one's going to cost them, and they really have no one to blame but themselves.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  64. Onalee Williams, Lecanto, Florida

    By the time all the super pacs spend their millions I'll probably question whether I'm a woman. Repeation over and over an over will dull at lot of senses.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  65. james in north carolina

    Jack, the best way to get women to like you is to ignore them. Works every time. Women always want what they can't have.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  66. dew5

    Depends on their voting base which right now seems to mindless white guys.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  67. Angie C

    There is nothing he or the Republicans can do. They want to strip away the hard fought rights of women then say they are for us. Whatever he says I know he will be lying, because his lips are moving.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  68. Ralph Nelson

    The same way he addresses all his other political problems...lie, lie, lie. I almost became a Mormon and like them as people, but they wanted 10% (Romney doesn't give that) of a disabled person's income of less than $500, and they treat women (wives, daughters) as if they were cows. They even talk about how to control they ladies in their Sunday male meetings (while the girls have their female meeting). I just could not agree with treating women like that. Also, the President in Salt Lake City asked all of us to stop lying so much. Obviously Romney wasn't listening to the church President that day. .

    April 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  69. Tina from WI

    He could openly disagree with the onslaught of legislation that directly under minds women's choices about their health that has cropped up across the country, of course that would really not sit well with his ultra conservative base. Short of that, I don't think there is much he can do. Maybe he could wear a t-shirt that says "I like caterpillars", it wouldn't change much but I'd get a kick out of it.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  70. Steve

    Who says that Romney has a defecit problem with women. The women that I talk to, don't believe it. It's just another ploy that the press is trying to create a perception that women are against Republicans and Romney. It is plain bullshxx.
    The press is trying every way to destroy a possible Republican elected president. Why don't you Jack and CNN start creating good contoversial questions about the phoney accusations made by the Democrat leaders. If you need some help. I would be glad to list some for you, but it would take a whole page(s) and you would not publish it.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  71. Max Brooks from Florida

    One approach that would help with women as well as democrats and independents would be to legalize medical marijuana. About 75% of the country supports it so its kind of a no-brainer Jack, yet so many politicians seem afraid to touch the issue.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  72. John from Alabama

    Jack: Mitt Romney and the Republicans need to get over the fact that America does not want their judgement. America does not want them to be in their bedroom, or try to be the moral compass of the world. Has a compass the Republicans really suck at it. Mitt Romney needs to understand what doing for the least of mine means, and just how hard it is to put a camel throw the eye of a needle. I do not believe he can do it.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  73. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If I knew how Romney could overcome his deficit with women, I wouldn't tell him because I see no proof of any of the GOP supporting women and they've had plently of opportunities.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  74. Jane - WI

    It will be hard for Mitt Romney to overcome the contrived "war on women" hysteria that has been promoted by Democrats and their media allies. I would think that women would be insulted by the Democrat's idea that they are somehow helpless and need to be taken care of by Uncle Sam. Of course, perhaps that is why many women do support Democrats. They want their wants and needs to be taken care of by someone else. No one is banning birth control , yet how many gullible women have bought into that made up story line and fear mongering by Democrats? No one is denying "access" to birth control. It is readily available today, and will continue to be. Yet, that talking point of denying "access" keeps getting repeated as fact.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  75. Jane - WI

    If Mitt romney was supposed to "stand up" to Rush Limbaugh, why have we not heard the same demand made of Barack Obama when it comes to his misogynist pals, Bill Mahrer and David Letterman? It seems there is a double standard coming from the left. Conservatives better watch what they say, but anything goes as long is it is a liberal saying it, and saying it about conservative women.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  76. Sandra Blessing Utah

    How can Mitt Romney overcome his huge deficit among women?

    He can't Mormon. His church doesn't even allow women in the clergy, or any leadership roll. Why would he do anything that would not be approved his church?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  77. Simon/Orlando

    The progressive party has manufactured a republican "war on women" for purely political purposes out of an issue that was about the government control of religion. Yes, I'm republican but I can tell you that this issue is not the big deal that the democrats hoped it would be. Most women don't even know what the "war on women" is. Romney will have no problem with women in the election who realise what a mess this country is in under the current administration.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  78. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Short of gender reaasignment surgery, I don't think there's any way that the bulk of educated American women will believe that Mitt is in favor of equality for them. So, for Mitt, it's not a gap, it's a chasm or gorge.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  79. Jane - WI

    Why should MItt Romney dial back his idea to cut funding for Planned Parenhood? Why should the taxpayer be subsidizing this private enterprise? If liberals want to keep it going, they could easily pony up their own money to make up for any removal of taxpayer funds. This is more of this phony "war on women" idea. Just because we don't want taxpayers to fund this controversial organization, suddenly it's a "war on women"? As I said, all these liberals who fork out tens of thousands of dollars to have dinner with Barack Obama could funnel that money to planned Parenthood instead if they like it so much.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  80. Cee.Louisiana

    He cant.........he is toast, and until the GOP has a more centrist life view, they will be toast for the forseeable future...

    April 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  81. FLIndependent

    I agree with the poster who said that Romney should have put all of his money to better use like starting better facilities for the elderly. That's what gets me the most – if Romney is so concerned about the citizens of this country then why not use all of his money to help out – start businesses (if he's so business oriented), re-education programs for the unemployed, etc. As a woman, I can't have any respect for someone like this that has so much money he doesn't know what to do with it (ie, elevator for his car), and could have been helping so many people all these years instead of campaigning for President. To me he just wants the power and hasn't shown that he really cares about us.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  82. Joe in Mississippi

    I'm afraid that question was answered with the arrival of Sarah Palin on the Republican scene.
    It's not just Mitt, it's the whole Republican party and their views towards womens rights.Let's just have a bunch of unwanted children using up all our welfare revenue, along with a school full of pregnant teens. Maybe then women will get a nod.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  83. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, Mitt Romney should first try to overcome the even bigger GOP deficit among Hispanic voters, and then try to focus on the deficit among voters covered by Medicare. Both of those groups are more than half women and if he can schmooze any support from those groups he will be off to a start to try to overcome his huge deficit among women in general.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  84. Mark, Tempe Az

    Well, Jack, regarding Planned Parenthood and contrception, he could reverse his positions; he's always been good at that. Or he could choose a female running mate he doesn't know anything about. That worked out well for John McCain didn't it?
    Mark
    Tempe, AZ

    April 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  85. Martha Campbell

    How about stop looking like a Ken Doll, get a real haircut and become more human. Then close his mouth and stop flip flopping about everything relating to women.

    Jamestown, PA

    April 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  86. Fernando from dallas tx

    The answer is simple. There is no way.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  87. Rick from Ohio

    He might ask Hillary Clinton to be his running mate.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  88. Taylor bennett

    Buy them jewelry?

    April 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  89. Robert in Ocala, FL

    Romney did NOT say he would close Planned Parenthood. He said he would eliminate government funding of this organization. Just another false claim from the Obama Campaign

    April 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  90. Steve B

    Simple Jack...he could become Mitzi Romney. I'm sure there's time. Of course he couldn't be a Republican anymore.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  91. Adam

    He has a very intelligent and pleasant wife. Putting her in the forefront and making her out to be an independent, modern woman would do wonders. Whatever he does, he needs to stay away from a certain woman in Alaska.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  92. Rudi

    There is nothing he can do in my opinion, short of changing his entire mind. However, given that he changes his mind on important issues all the time anyway (ie., RomneyCare), I wouldn't be that surprised. When the Republican Party becomes more relatable to the general public, their approval will go up. They don't get the minority vote, the female vote, or the LGBT vote because their approach is not benevolent, it is dictatorial and patriarchal. We don't live in the 16th century, we live in 2012.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  93. Sally Boren

    Dress up the Romneyvoss Quints in drag and have them focus on women's issues.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  94. Lisa

    He can't. The minute he becomes a candidate his membership in the Mormom Church becomes an issue. They don't believe women can get into Heaven on their own. Their job is to get their man in, so he can pull them in. Yes, please, can I have that kind of Medieval attitude in the White House?

    Lisa, DE

    April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  95. Emily in Houston

    I don't want to give Mitt any ideas that might help his campaign. Though the most obvious is to stop trying to make all the health decisions for a woman. Unless you have a uterus yourself, stay the hell out of decisions about mine.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  96. Carl Boyer

    Wait unit Mitt Romney is totally vetted–his gender gap will widen–as he pointed out even his wife reports to him.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  97. Ron from Eugene, Oregon

    Jack, the Republicans will try to pull out the "Democrats are baby-killers" card, and perhaps the "Protect Traditional Marriage" playbook as well. The problem for them will be that the country is becoming much more tolerant and intelligent about these issues, and less likely to fall for such shameless dog-whistle politics this time around.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  98. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    He can't. If he's anti-choice, he's anti women. He pro any rapist who wants to continue his evil genes into another generation and no woman should support him.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  99. Cliff in California

    Jack,

    Romney will simply do what he has always done in the past. Flip flop on all the major women's issues. Seeing it coming almost makes you feel sorry for conservatives ... not!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  100. ogthug

    He should dress as a drag queen and stick to the issues. That way nobody would fault him in trying to relate his feminine side.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  101. Luke in New Jersey

    He will have to wait until the nomination is locked up, then immediately break out his Etch-a-Sketch and work on damage control.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  102. Jan Tedesco

    Only one way. He can QUIT !!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  103. ghettofalsetto

    Plain and simple: He can't. The GOP's collective race to the far right (and the stone age therein) is going to be the last straw for several women voters. Romney won't even answer any questions about women's issues...he defers them all to his wife, who, last I checked, isn't running for President. Even if he pulls another BIG flip-flop on this issue, female voters will remember the promises he made to get his ticket.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  104. WR Jones, New Port Richey, FL

    Romney will have no problem with women when they pull up to the gas station and spend $100 to fill the tank, then off to the super market to spend more on food than last week and the week before that... and then sit down to watch the news and see the President has hung his re-election hopes on convincing us that 50% of the country is against women. It's at that point the women remember, didn't Obama tell us conservatives hate blacks, hispanics, trees, clean air and even old folk? So now we are to believe they also dislike women? How far can the president push this notion half the country are haters?! All the way to the White House apparently.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  105. Marcia Choquette

    There is nothing Romney can do to gain the women's vote, he has already shown his true colors, anything from this point on would be a lie to help him win the election. Women aren't stupid.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  106. Jason G.

    Drop out of the race. That'll make the women happy.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  107. Rick in Palm Springs

    He can change parties.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  108. bibbi in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Romney was recently campaigning in Wisconsin and singing the praises of Scott Walker. A few days ago Walker secretly signed a law making it more difficult for women to go to court over job discrimination. In Wisconsin women only make 75 cents for every dollar that a man makes. Wisconsin women won't forget what Romney said and Walker did. It is over for Romney in Wisconsin.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  109. Gary from Miami

    The fact that considering a female running mate is a Republican strategy shows how out of touch Richie Rich and the entire GOP are. Choosing a woman may be a good idea, but if it seems to be pandering for women votes, forget it. He can't overcome this problem, women are too smart for that.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  110. Carrie

    R_Money is done!!! Barack Hussein Obama is Unbeatable.....

    April 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  111. shack1805

    Hi Jack, Mitt Romney could help the women voter's by just getting out of the race.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  112. Julia Andrade Rocha

    Jack,

    Easy. Acknowledge that women can and should be the sole decision makers when it comes to abortions, birth control and other issue with NO interference from the government, employers, or healthcare providers. Get out of my body, and maybe, MAYBE you have a chance of getting vote. (But women aren't single issue voters, so it's not freaking likely.)

    April 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  113. Sam

    It will be hard for Mitt to win the women vote while preaching Republic

    April 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  114. Anthony from Swedesboro

    Women are some of the smartest voters in this country. They know that Republican women, generally wealthy, ask no questions and like Stepford wives see or hear no evil. Mitt would have to praise Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi before he had any credibility with the gentler sex. That's not going to happen folks.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  115. Patrick O'Brien

    Well he could join the Augusta Golf Club and then have sex reassignment surgery!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  116. Reina

    I think Romney should appear on the cover of GQ. A few buttons undone won't hurt either. Afterall,he is Mr. Handsomeville. He has the good looks of a classic Hollywood star that makes women swoon , plus it'll show a new, fun side to Romney.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  117. Adam

    He has a very intelligent, pleasant wife. He should put her in the forefront and make her out to be a strong, independent woman. As simple as that. You don't have to lie or pander, just focus on your positives.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  118. Ryan in Hanover, PA

    Get a sex change. Then change back after the election is over.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  119. Tom in Tulsa

    Nice job setting up a one-sided question, Jack. This issue is an invention by the Obama reelection campaign to change the focus from Obama's performance regarding the economy and job situation. Hopefully it won't work.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  120. Sandra from Texas

    I'm not sure it's possible. As a woman, I can say that I am interested in a candidate that cares about healthcare for all, has an economic plan that involves more than the top 1% of the population, believes women should decide what to do with their bodies, and thinks equal pay for equal work is just as important as having the little lady stay at home and raise the brood. I not sure where Mr. Romney stands on any of those issues, nor am I certain he wouldn't change his mind the minute he was elected.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  121. Laith F. Gulli

    Hi Jack

    Mitt can overcome this easily. Do not assassinate American men and an Adolescent as President Obama did in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16 years old son. I just don't think American woman like this image.

    Laith F. Gulli

    April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  122. Elaine Bessette

    Mitt needs to explain how it is that he believes that only a father or husband can call a daughter or wife into heaven by the man's use of a secret name. If the daughter or wife has done anything that is not in total compliance with their male overseer, she risks eternal damnation according to the belief structure.

    Can Mitt actually be willing to treat women as equals in the secular realm? It would be hard to imagine embracing the religious belief and at same time believing in secular equality.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  123. Mrs. R., West Palm Beach

    What deficit? I'm rich, white, Republican, and we all just love Mitt. He's white, rich, good-looking, and is in all the "right" social circles; so what more could anyone want??? Sure, there's a few thousand women out there that say they don't like him, but they're poor underachievers, so what do they know? Ignorant tramps and sluts; complainers. We've got the best education, health care, and life styles that money can buy, and the rest of you are just jealous. Planned Parenthood? Who needs it?!? Contraception? That's for our hsubands' tramp mostresses to worry about. Equal pay for women? Are you kidding? We don't work, so who cares? You all sound like our maids – always whining and complaining. Got to go now, meeting the girls at the club. You be good now, and vote Republican – we know how to enjoy being rich!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  124. Meredith

    He can't. Besides the women's vote, he won't win animal lover's votes either. He's toast.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  125. Hal

    I hope that the 18% do not submit to partial lobotomies. They need to continue to ignore Romney.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  126. Adrienne Jaworowicz

    He can't. He comes across just like a character on Mad Men.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  127. Hegel

    He can continue his tradition on flip flopping and become a Democrat.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  128. Candi, Grand Junction, CO

    Absolutely no way he can win me back. He has burned his bridges all the way thru their foundations. There's nothing to build on now. I fought this war once already and I damn tired of having my rights degraded by the GOP. I'm a registered republican and I'm voting for Obama!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  129. Ed in California

    I doubt very much that Romeny will pick a woman as vp candidate. It would only open his campaign up to criticism by the left leaning press corp that he is pandering for the women's vote.

    Romney will have to win in spite of the media....best of luck to him!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  130. Stu

    Romney's not a bad looking guy but the fact of the matter is he has no swag. Obama has the confidence of James Bond, a velvet voice, and the gift of gab. Maybe if Romney's next campaign add contains a woman using her most sensual voice to trash talk President Obama while showing visuals of Romney in slow motion with a jazzy saxophone soundtrack he'll get some cool points from more dilusional people that think Obama will lose this election.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  131. Diane-Sweet Home, Oregon

    Why would you want him to be untrue to himself, Jack? Do you want him to LIE....so he will look better.... and have a better chance of becoming President? Do you want him to FOOL women.

    And what the heck would having a female running mate matter if HE himself hates all things birth control etc. and has vowed to shut it all down and off?

    Sounds like you jack want romney to be the next president

    romney and santorum are sick people. SICK WITH RELIGION.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  132. rob

    War on women? If the majorit of the women in this country believe this then they truly deserve the destruction that Obama will rain on this once great nation. This all arises as propaganda constantly repeated in the biased liberal media (another problem that has done much to lead to the US decline). This arose because conservatives are opposed to entitlement providing tax paid birth control to Georgetoen U. law students. This to students attending a school with tuition in the many, many thousands of dollars (some of which the tax payers also foot). War on women indeed.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  133. Michelle Astoria

    Nothing pleases Obama more than to paint Romney having problem with women! Because Obama can’t run on other issues such as economy, gas price, job creation, and the huge national debt! The fact is, Romney has NO problem with women! He respects women, he's not going to tell women what to do with their bodies, what to use for birth control, where to get free women’s health care…He has other issues to deal with, women’s personal choices is not one of them!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  134. David Saari

    Mitt's family has a history of supporting women; after all, his great-grandfather had five wives.

    David
    Sandy, Utah

    April 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  135. Julia Andrade Rocha

    Jack,

    Easy. Acknowledge that women can and should be the sole decision makers when it comes to abortions, birth control and other reproductive issues with NO interference from the government, employers, or healthcare insurers. Get out of my body, and maybe, MAYBE you have a chance of getting my vote. (But women aren’t single issue voters, so it’s not freaking likely).

    Julia from
    Columbia, MD

    April 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  136. bibbi in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Women are 53% of registered voters and most of them are going to be voting for Obama. It is game over for Romney and the Right wing Republicons. It doesn't help when Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, compares women to caterpillars.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  137. Socia from Kentucky

    Mitt Romney doesn't stand a chance with most women when they find out that he supports a belief that women basically have no control over their own soul and are "sealed in faith" by their husbands. How moronic. His support of such a degrading belief on women is supported by his active participation in his faith. Heck, this makes me tolerate a Catholic or a Baptist.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  138. Jen seattle wa

    Devils Advocates from the Scorned who encourage women to join them in chopping up a fetus should sober up

    April 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  139. Gavin

    Jack, how many polls will CNN and the Democrats run on this question before the election? Notice how the Democrats don't want to talk about jobs, the economy, or rising commodity prices. They want to divert the public's attention by playing the gender, race, and class cards. Most women are smarter than the media believes. They see through the smokescreen. Women will vote for the candidate they believe will restore the American economy and return the country to prosperity.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  140. Shay on Sullivans Island

    Come on Jack...There isn't a woman in America that doesn't see what is behind that mask he wears. He will never win us over, not even by using his lovely wife to soften the concrete. Drop out. Let's all just be friends.

    Shay
    Sullivans Island SC

    April 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  141. Janet B. Holley

    As a female member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is no way Mitt Romney will ever obtain my support. He does not represent the beliefs of the Church in regard to abortion. The LDS Church allows abortion for cases of incest, rape and when the mother's life is in danger. If the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would investigate Mitt Romney's stand on abortion, immigration and war, they would discover he does not reflect the beliefs of the Church. I am concerned about members of the LDS Church who will vote for Mitt Romney just because he is "Mormon". Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not mean Mitt Romney will align with the beliefs of the Church.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  142. Walter

    Mitt, should buy the women that he offends two Cadillac's being that he is married to a woman which I am certain that they share different views in which she should feel embarrassed as well. Houston, Tx. We promote "Women's Right's"

    April 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  143. bibbi in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    When Bush became president the unemployment rate was 4.2% but when he left the rate had shot up to 7.8% and jobs were being lost at the rate of 750,000 per month. Bush also has the worst record for job creation of any president since records were first kept in 1939. Only 3 million jobs created over 8 years. Check the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now Obama has turned the economy around, jobs are being added every month and the unemployment rate is going down. Obama has shown that he will get the job done so why switch to Romney who had a terrible job creation record when he was governor of Massachusetts? When Romney was at Bain he also drove many companies into bankruptcy causing people to lose their jobs. Why would women want to vote for Romney with his record?

    April 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  144. procentralists

    Jack,

    In light of Gov. Romney's vow to dismantle the Planned Parenthood Program, our readers are voicing either overwhelming support for the President or a commitment not to vote. Those stating that they will not be voting, identified themselves as registered Republicans.

    - PC

    April 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  145. dar speranza

    Romney CAN win over the women voters....providing the Obama administration would stop LYING saying things like : "Romney will end Planned Parenthood" and "Romney should have taken a stand when Rush said awful things about the Georgetown Law Student." Romney has NO PLANS to end planned parenthood and DID call for Rush to apologize and that he shouldn't have named called, etc. Still, after all of Obama's lies, people believe him. Sooo many close minded, uninformed people are voting!! Sad. This is the most vital election of my lifetime.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  146. Sam in AZ

    It will be hard for Mitt to win the women vote while preaching Republican RELIGIOUS values, many of which degrade women's rights. Under the (again...religious) values of the Republican party, a woman is called a slut for using birth control, and shunned for having a child out of wedlock. We teach our girls to wait until marriage for sex, but teach our boys that having sex makes you a man. Where is the equality? If Mitt wants to win the women vote, he needs to realize that much of the Republican Party's values are based on religious values, and that the women of America are tired of having these values shoved down their throats.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  147. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack, he can't, at least not with this Independent woman. He had many, many opportunities to show that he supports women, and he didn't step up when he needed to. He never said anything when GOP God Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut, a prostitute, and wanted her to post videos of her having sex on youtube. That told me just how much he values women....his silence spoke volumes, and said that he agrees with Limbaugh. Romney supports the Blunt amendment. Romney would "get rid" of Planned Parenthood, where many poor and working class women get screenings, birth control, and other health care they cannot otherwise afford. He didn't make any statements re the personhood amendments being filed in many states, nor did he seem to understand that if they pass, they would outlaw hormonal birth control and some other forms of birth control (IUD).

    Romney is hoping that women are stupid, that if he just puts his wife out there to sing his praises, they'll forget everything he's said (I support the Blunt amendment, his silence over Limbaugh's nasty attacks) and done. For Romney, who claims to believe in small government when it comes to men and to business and money, he believes in big government when it comes to women. Apparently he doesn't believe we can and should make our own decisions about our own health, health care, family size, and sex lives. The more personal the decisions, the more government he wants...but only for women. Nope, this female Independent will not be voting for him. He's no different than Santorum or than governor vaginal probe.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm |