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Utah's Love among GOP Convention Speakers


Wednesday, 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 Republicans are working hard to court women voters - with a lineup of female convention speakers.

On Tuesday night, one of those women was from Utah: Saratoga Springs mayor Mia Love, a Tea Party darling who is challenging Rep. Jim Matheson. However, Love might not be making fans of young voters with her plan to eliminate federal college aid and loan programs.

Eric Ethington, communications director for the Alliance for a Better Utah, calls it baffling.

"I can't understand how it would be wasteful money to help people get through college so they can get good jobs and contribute back into our economy. And it seems very hypocritical that she would use those programs herself, but then try to deny them to everybody else."

Of the 214,000 students attending Utah colleges, Ethington says, three-quarters rely at least partly on federal aid for their schooling.

Ethington says Love also believes the Earned Income Tax Credit for the lowest-income families is a break the government cannot afford to offer. He says positions like that could tip Utah and the nation a little more to the right than many in the GOP are comfortable with.

"Mia Love has taken 'extreme' to a level that exceeds Utah. She has positions that are much further to the right than Gov. Mitt Romney; than Gov. (Gary) Herbert and the rest of Utah Republicans."

Another woman who took the podium Tuesday night just before Anne Romney was South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Earlier in the day, she told reporters that she thinks abortion isn't the top issue for women voters.

"Women are not one-issue voters. Women in general look at the whole picture. 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 nominee Mitt Romney has said he opposes abortion except in cases of rape or incest, while running mate Paul Ryan opposes abortion in all cases.

Other women who will be at the podium during the GOP convention include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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