With his chief Republican rival in the rearview mirror, a galvanized Mitt Romney is seeking to beat back the president's attack that the GOP is waging "war on women," saying yesterday the administration's failed economic bumbling is to blame.
During a campaign swing through New England, with stops in Hartford, Conn., and Warwick, R.I., Romney fought to bridge the gender gap shown in recent polls, distributing new literature titled "Women and the Obama Economy," and claiming 92.3 percent of the jobs lost under the president's watch were lost by women.
Speaking at a female-owned business in Hartford, flanked by women supporters behind him and at his side, Romney ripped the president, saying that "Under President Obama, 858,000 more women are out of work."
"When he says, 'Oh, there is a war on women,' let's bring him back to that it is the real war upon women that has been waged by his economic policies. Let's hammer day in and day out what has happened under his policies and recognize those policies, those things he believes, do not work," Romney said.
But opponents countered that Team Romney's campaign tactics will miss the mark among women and fact-checking website Politifact called his comments "mostly false."
"Mitt Romney has a woman problem. And, when he has a particular problem, he vastly overreaches," Democratic strategist Scott Ferson said yesterday.
"He's surrounding himself by women and thinks that the visual is going to be an attractive policy option for women, and that just doesn't ring true," Ferson said. "Women are going to decide this election, and they're going to vote for Barack Obama."
Following Romney's remarks in Hartford, one supporter told the Herald that while many of the former Bay State governor's female constituents remain undecided, Romney will still earn their vote.
"I think some women are still waiting to see where (Romney) will come down on a lot of things," said Cindy Cartier, 46, of Gilford. "But, I think given the choice, they're definitely going to coalesce with the Romney camp."
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