Ann Romney Will Decide What this Election is About, Not Women VotersPosted: September 7, 2012
Via ABC News, this morning, Ann Romney gave an satellite interview to KWQC new anchor David Nelson from Davenport, Iowa. Mrs. Romney said that her message to women voters is “I hear your voices.”
Maybe so, there are issues women voters say they are interested in that Mrs. Romney won’t address. She doesn’t want to talk about same-sex marriage or birth control, for example. David Wilson asked her about those issues and she refused to answer because those questions are “distractions” and “not about what this campaign is going to be about.”
KWQC TV6: “Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?”
Ann Romney: “You know, I’m not going to talk about the specific issues. I’m going to let my husband speak on issues. I’m here to really just talk about my husband and what kind of husband and father he is and, you know, those are hot-button issues that distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election. That, it’s going to be about the economy and jobs.”
Since when do candidates or the wives of candidates get to determine what an election is about? Wilson tried again:
KWQC TV6: “Do you believe that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control?”
Ann Romney: “Again, you’re asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs.”
KWQC TV6: “Well, a Pew research poll shows those issues are very important to women, ranking them either “important” or “very important.”
Ann Romney: “You know, but I personally believe, and this is what I’m hearing from women all across the country that they are going to look for the guy that’s going to pull them out of the weeds and get them job security and a brighter future for their children. That’s the message.
Listen, I’ve been across this country, I’ve been for a year-and-a-half on the campaign trail. I’ve spoken with thousands of women and they are telling me, they’re telling me a couple of things, one they say they’re praying for me which is really wonderful, and then they’re saying, ‘please help, please help. We are so worried about our jobs.’
So really if you want to try to pull me off of the other messages it’s not going to work because I know because I’ve been out there.”
Wilson did make one more attempt to get Mrs. Romney to address whether her stated wish for “women to have a secure and stable future” applied to lesbian mothers. But Mrs. Romney didn’t want to talk about it, because she knows what “this election is going to be about” and women voters don’t.
When Ann Romney addressed RNC delegates last week, she yelled out “I love you women!” I guess for Mrs. Romney love gives her permission to condescend to the objects of her love and decide what political issues they should care about.