Morning Examiner: The war on women has legs

Associated Press Published: April 12, 2012

If you were hoping that the Democrat-created “Republican War on Women” would silently fade away as the Republican primary ended and the general election began, guess again. Yesterday, the White House, the Romney campaign, and allies on both sides made the battle of the sexes the focus of the day.

“When he says there is a war on women, let’s bring him back to the fact that it is the real war on women that has been waged by his economic policies,” Romney told a crowd at Alpha Graphics, a woman-owned business in Hartford, Conn. “Let’s hammer day in and day out what has happened under his policies.” His campaign even circulated a statistic purporting to show that 92.3 percent of the job losses during the Obama years have hit women. Multiple media organizations have looked into the number and found that while it is technically true, they believe it is misleading.

Pressed to defend the number on a conference call with supporters, the Romney campaign was unable to identify which specific Obama policies were causing women to lose so many jobs. And when a liberal reporter asked the campaign aides if Romney supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which made it easier for women to sue their employers, they were caught flat-footed. They later issued a statement saying Romney supports “pay equity for women” but by that time the Obama campaign had already produced a statement from Lilly Ledbetter condemning the Romney campaign for even having to think about the question.

Meanwhile, Democratic National Committee advisor Hillary Rosen attacked Ann Romney on CNN last night, saying, ““Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life.” Ann Romney immediately fired back on twitter, responding, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”

The Obama campaign immediately recognized the damage Rosen had done, wasting no time in throwing her under the bus. “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted. Obama advisor David Axelrod added, “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Meanwhile, The Washington Free Beacon posted an analysis of White House pay records finding that Obama’s rhetoric about fair pay aside, he personally pays his female employees 18 percent less than the men he employs. “It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act,” the Beacon noted.

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