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Republicans Court Women's Vote at Convention

SC Governor Nikki Haley. Photo by Dan Heyman
SC Governor Nikki Haley. Photo by Dan Heyman
August 29, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. - With President Obama leading in the polls among women voters and gaffes such as the “legitimate rape” comment to overcome, political strategists say the Republican National Committee is working hard to court women voters.

Democrats have accused Republicans of waging a war on women because of the stances they have taken on such issues as abortion. In Tampa for the GOP convention, honorary New Jersey delegate Donna Balkemah disagrees.

“I think it’s artificial. I think it’s totally blown out of proportion. If I thought that they, the Republicans, were against women, I would not be a Republican.”

However, Balkemah says she disagrees with her party on contraception and women's health issues.

In Congress, Republicans blocked reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which funds domestic-violence prevention programs, because they disagree with including protections for same-gender couples and undocumented women. But Balkemah says to her that's a non-issue.

Tampa science teacher Darren Guitierrez brought his 14-year-old daughter to watch the protests and activity outside the convention. He says he favors reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act because he wants his daughter to be safe.

"They talk about the gender gap between the Republicans and the Democrats; I think that's part of the problem. Perception if nothing else. If they're not supporting this, then it looks like the Republicans are the party that's not favoring women at this point."

To attract more women to the Republican Party, strategists say the RNC has lined up several high-powered women speakers at this week's convention, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. She told reporters that she thinks abortion isn't the top issue for women voters.

"They decide what's best for their families, in the short term and long term. They're very thoughtful. So these debates that you fellows keep talking about and that the Dems keep talking about? It's just not where women are."

For women who are watching the abortion issue, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said he opposes abortion except in cases of rape or incest. His running mate, Paul Ryan, opposes abortion in all cases.

Mary Anne Meyers, Public News Service - MO