Barack Obama won reelection last year due in large part to his stranglehold over the female vote. All in all, he took about 55 percent of the women’s vote. His counterpart, Mitt Romney, only captured 43 percent. And while Romney was able to carry married women by a seven percent margin, Obama decimated that advantage and then some by capturing 68 percent of the unmarried women's vote.
Numerous polls have indicated that abortion is the number one voting issue for women, and given how many notable missteps Republicans had on that subject, the gender gap in last year’s proceedings wasn’t particularly surprising.
Between Obama’s strong showing with women in two straight elections and the fact that abortion will clearly continue to be a key voting issue, Republicans are now scrambling to figure out how to change the tide. Some have suggested that, while the party obviously can’t completely change their core belief system overnight, maybe they can put a little less emphasis on social issues.
During a recent interview with Erin Burnett, First Lady Laura Bush cautioned all involved against doing that.
“No, I wouldn’t say that, necessarily,” Bush said. She added later, “And you know, all of those social issues are very, very heartfelt by people. And I understand that. There are differences and people, you know, there just will be and I’m glad that in our party we have room for all of them. I think that’s important, too.”
When pressed on whether or not some GOP politicians scared away possible women voters, Bush acknowledged that this was probably true; but she also noted that those politicians were the exception, not the rule.
“Every candidate was different, you know, each one of them,” Bush said.” “There are obvious examples of candidates that were — that I think frightened some women, but they were the exception rather than the norm in the party.”