Women rally against Romney

August 29, 2012 4:06:47 AM PDT
The most influential woman of Mitt Romney's campaign will take center stage at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night. Political analysts say Ann Romney is the key for her husband to capture the female vote.

Meanwhile in Raleigh, some female Democratic leaders said Romney is the wrong choice when it comes to women's rights and issues. Democratic State Representative Deborah Ross, the House Minority Whip from Wake County, is leading that charge.

"It's clear that Romney-Ryan are wrong for us," Rep. Ross said.

Joining her are other female Democratic leaders from around the state and the country, including congresswomen who served either with Ryan or while Romney was their governor.

"He didn't run for re-election because he wasn't going to win re-election," Dem. Rep. Marty Walz, of Suffolk County, Mass. said.

The women said their concerns range from healthcare to the economy.

"Romney has said his first act would be to repeal the Affordable Care Act and that's something that we desperately need in North Carolina because we've had so much unemployment and those who have been unemployed just simply don't have access to healthcare," Dem. Candidate for Lt. Gov. Linda Coleman said.

"We've had the old Romney-Ryan plan before - the top-down, give wealthier folks more tax breaks and somehow that's going to trickle down - it didn't work, it led to this economic disaster that the president inherited. We tried that, it failed, the Obama plan is much better for North Carolina," Dem. Rep. Jennifer Weiss, of Wake County, said.

But earlier this month, Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers lead the "Women for Mitt" event at state GOP headquarters.

"I am confident that Mitt Romney will win North Carolina in this election," Ellmers said.

Romney's supporters believe he is the candidate with the proven track record of creating jobs. Party leaders say Romney must capture the female vote to win the White House, and analysts feel he must win North Carolina.

The all-female anti-Romney group in Raleigh is doing what it can to keep that from happening.

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