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From a Hurricane to a Her-I-Cane

An argument for why Mitt Romney is the choice for women.

The time from Hurricane Isaac to Hurricane Sandy represents an eternity, particularly in politics. For our sixteen year-old twins, the month of August signaled a birthday, a new grade, later curfews, and changes in their driving permits. For those in my office with the Palladian View, it was planning for and implementing Her New View’s launch at the Republican National Convention and building the outreach for Conservative Republican women across the United States.  For Governor Mitt Romney, it was securing the nomination then quickly broadening message to attract the undecided voters.

Watching recent polls, the unprecedented trajectory of support for the Romney-Ryan ticket by women voters is yet another example of the difference two months makes in politics...

During the month of August, the gap between women supporting President Obama versus those supporting Governor Romney was over 20 points. Headlines everywhere said the GOP was waging a War on Women and that Republican policies affecting women’s health care choices diminished their reproductive rights. The Democrats insisted that the Democratic Party was the Party of Women. Their argument, hollow with justifications, has since dissolved, as a steady transition of women indicate that they will be voting for the Romney-Ryan ticket.

In late August, the contention that there is a war on women was pulling at the threads; now it has completely unraveled.  

In multiple national polls, the Romney-Ryan ticket captured the momentum necessary to win the election—a surprise to many. There is a coalescing amongst women which has led to insurmountable gains in donations, grassroots efforts, and early voting for the Republican Party. Yet of the many changes that have developed after the first debate…the disparity between women voting for President Obama over Governor Romney has evaporated.

The media, analysts, and the Democratic Party are realizing that “women’s issues” do not solely define how a woman votes.  Sharon Day, the Co-Chair of the RNC and a Palladian View pillar, said in September “the real issues that are important to women are the same things that are important to men: And that’s jobs. That’s the economy. That’s a roof over our heads. That’s a great education for our children, the best possible out there. National security, a nation that is secure. Those are women’s issues, and those are men’s issues. And those are every American’s issues.”  

Succinctly put, we, women, will vote on all the issues—with a heavy lean this year towards the candidate who will rally the economy.  

Under President Obama, 23 million women are in poverty.  As more women take a moment to examine both platforms between the boardroom and the home, we anticipate the Romney-Ryan ticket gaining even more traction.  Women delivered Virginia to President Obama in 2008; women also delivered Ohio with 56% of them casting a ballot for the now President.  With Governor Romney’s pragmatic plan for policies that facilitate business growth and a solid energy development plan, expect women in these states to choose a different candidate this election—votes that will ultimately lead to a one-term president.  

Studies and trends indicate that women voters tend to make their decision later in the campaign. Likely a result of women ensconced in careers, family, and a multitude of other demands, they are out of time and now are focusing on the critical decision ahead. Women are asking, “all right, what are each of you offering?” It is no surprise then that in these closing weeks the Romney-Ryan ticket has seen gains amongst this voting bloc. A piece in USA Today this week noted Governor Romney “has growing enthusiasm among women to thank” for his lead over President Obama in recent polling of battleground states.   

With women making over 90% of all household economic decisions, increases in the cost of living over the past four years coupled with stagnant paychecks has not gone unnoticed.  Firmly put, women know how to comparison-shop; we can instinctively put options side by side and ask, analyze and decide which is the best product at the best cost.

Women are THE swing voters that will determine the outcome of the 2012 election. Mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters all share this responsibility. In this season of hurricanes one must ask, should we stay the storm and continue the path espoused by President Obama or should we seek higher ground as Governor Romney has offered in his five point plan to secure the future of our children and generations to come?

Karen Floyd, former chairwoman of the South Carolina Republican Party, is CEO of The Palladian Group and publisher of Palladian View, a digital magazine for the conservative Republican woman.

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Shawn Drury November 03, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Ambassador, Your comments are startling in their ignorance. I would love to know how you came to believe such things. Or perhaps you're just an Internet troll seeking attention...
FugitiveSquirrel November 04, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Mitt Romney’s campaign insults voters November 2 THROUGH ALL the flip-flops, there has been one consistency in the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: a contempt for the electorate. How else to explain his refusal to disclose essential information? Defying recent bipartisan tradition, he failed to release the names of his bundlers — the high rollers who collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. He never provided sufficient tax returns to show voters how he became rich. How, other than an assumption that voters are too dim to remember what Mr. Romney has said across the years and months, to account for his breathtaking ideological shifts? He was a friend of immigrants, then a scourge of immigrants, then again a friend. He was a Kissingerian foreign policy realist, then a McCain-like hawk, then a purveyor of peace. He pioneered Obamacare, he detested Obamacare, then he found elements in it to cherish. Assault weapons were bad, then good. Abortion was okay, then bad. Climate change was an urgent problem; then, not so much. Hurricane cleanup was a job for the states, until it was once again a job for the feds.,,, "Mr. Romney, by contrast, seems to be betting that voters have no memories, poor arithmetic skills and a general inability to look behind the curtain." http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romneys-election-campaign-insults-voters/2012/11/02/69fcc1fc-2428-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_story.html
stanley seigler November 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
re: Romney's ominous five disaster disaster indeed as proven by 1929/2008 disasters and the 1% to 99% divide...and there may not be another FDR or BO to get USA out of another ditch...but; impossible to know what the 'flippen' MIT would do...for sure if he governs as moderate MIT, he P's-off the tea GOPs and if he returns to those 'thrilling days' of 1929/2008 he will lose most of the USA...buttbut; 'what me worry'...he will not be elected...forget the talking heads...see vegas odds...dont bet against the house...
stanley seigler November 04, 2012 at 07:44 PM
'Alternate Spellings: Moslem; but "Muslim" is preferred and renders a pronunciation more faithful to the Arabic word.' but to te issue: 30% GOPs believe BO is a muslim born in kenya...SAY WHAT...where in H do reasonably intelligent people come up with such crap...
Kathy November 04, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Although I'm not looking forward to it, I am looking forward to this http://goo.gl/tDNoC

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