Why Presidential Candidates Are Making Women's Issue An Issue

By KBJR News 1

Why Presidential Candidates Are Making Women's Issue An Issue

October 31, 2012 Updated Oct 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - With the presidential election too close to call, the President and his challenger Mitt Romney have been making women's issue, more of an issue.

Recent polls show Obama's lead waning among women and Romney's support growing.

It's a fight for the women.

"Being a woman is not a pre-existing condition," President Obama has said.

"This President has failed America's women," said Romney.

Both candidates, and their supporters, are spreading the message they will do better for women.

"There are women in America today paying 50 percent more for health insurance every year than men," said former President Bill Clinton at UMD.

"I love you women," said Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention.

But why?

"Women make up more than half of the electorate," said political analyst Wy Spano. "The Democratic party has had a slight to, sometimes, rather large advantage over the Republican party."

He says women, in general, don't respond as well to the Republican agenda when it comes to reproduction and contraceptives, which are talking points for Obama supporters.

"We have to make sure that our daughters and granddaughters don't have to go back and re-fight those same battles," Jill Biden while in Duluth.

Meanwhile, the Romney campaign is trying to pull in women with economic issues.

"Why is it that there is 3.6 million more women in poverty today, than when the president took office," said Romney.

"We don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women," said Obama.

Spano says women tend to fall into the category of low wage earners.

"They always do worse during in Republican admninistrations," said Spano.

The ending factor, Spano says, is whether women will vote as women, or as other sub-groups such as conservatives or Jews or liberals.

"The question is what causes their vote to happen," said Spano.

It's a cause both sides are fighting for.

The political analyst says there are multiple cross sections of women that may cause them to vote differently.

For example women also make up the majority of Catholics attending and supporting the church.

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