WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are battling for the votes of women.
President Barack Obama is wooing this pivotal group by saying Democrats have a better story to tell women voters. His Democratic allies say the GOP has launched a “war against women” on contraception and other issues. But now, Republican women are fighting back. Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska say women care about the economy and jobs.
Women make up the majority of voters in presidential election years, and Obama won this group by 13 points over John McCain in 2008. Republicans are betting women will evaluate Obama’s stewardship of the economy and find him lacking. But the GOP has helped revive social issues in the nation’s political discourse, too.