Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have taken the circus that is the Republican primary to Wisconsin, where they're trying to wow the Tea Party through blatant attempts to out-extreme each other. But recent polling shows that no matter which candidate wins the nomination, they'll still suffer a major loss: Women are running from the Republicans in droves.
A new NBC News/Marist poll shows that President Obama leads Republican front-runner Romney 52 percent to 35 percent in Wisconsin. His lead among Wisconsin's women voters is even stronger: 55 percent to 30 percent.
And it's not just Wisconsin. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows women support President Obama over Romney or Santorum by 6 to 19 percentage points in three important swing states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. And nationally, USA TODAY/Gallup has President Obama up 18 points among women.
Who could blame them? Romney has made attacks on women's rights a central part of his campaign. Women across the country are taking note that Romney:
- Supports repealing Obamacare—therefore supporting insurance company discrimination against women.
- Would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood’s federal funding and put in jeopardy the health of the 3 million people a year who rely on the health care provider for preventive care like cancer screenings.
- Refused to stand up to Rush Limbaugh's disgusting attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.
- Supported the Blunt-Rubio amendment, which would have given employers the moral "right" to deny birth control coverage for women.
- Attacked President Obama for expanding affordable access to contraception.
- Would "absolutely" have supported so-called “personhood” legislation to ban all abortions, some forms of birth control, and even in vitro fertilization.
- Promised to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling it "one of the darkest moments" in U.S. Supreme Court history.
Women won't fall for any attempts by Romney to Etch A Sketch away his extreme positions during the general election. After all, the contrast couldn't be more stark. Protecting and expanding women's rights and women's health care has been an unwavering cornerstone of the Obama presidency ever since the President signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act in his first weeks in office—the first bill he signed into law. President Obama passed the Affordable Care Act to ensure women have equal access to affordable health care, and he is committed to ensuring a woman's right to choose.
The choice for women is obvious.