Romney Rebuts Claims That He, GOP Are Anti-Women

April 11, 2012 12:00 AM
Romney Rebuts Claims That He, GOP Are Anti-Women
" WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Presidential candidate Mitt Romney intensified his efforts Wednesday to rebut claims that he and fellow Republicans are insufficiently supportive of women, or even hostile to them.

For the second straight day, the presumptive GOP nominee campaigned at a female-owned work site, and denounced Democrats for saying his party is waging “a war on women.”

“The real war on women is being waged by the president’s failed economic policies,” Romney told a crowd packed inside Alpha Graphics, in Hartford, Conn. There, and on Tuesday at a women-owned steel fabrication plant in Delaware, Romney said President Barack Obama’s economic policies have disproportionately hurt women.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

The events were scheduled before Rick Santorum’s unexpected withdrawal removed the last serious barrier to Romney’s nomination pursuit. They underscored Romney’s sensitivity to Democrats’ efforts to link him to controversial GOP-led efforts to limit birth control insurance coverage for women in some workplaces, among other things.

Polls have found a growing “gender gap” in the presidential race. Obama’s advantage among women is outpacing Romney’s edge among men.

While he spoke in Hartford, Romney’s campaign issued statements from Republican women in Congress defending his record "

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