Dear Mitt: Women Aren't a Foreign Country

Ruth Marcus says Romney has to stop letting his wife handle the ladies
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2012 1:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's strategy for wooing women voters appears to be outsourcing the task to his wife. When asked about women last week, he replied that, after campaigning, his wife had learned that women were worried about the economy. "Note to the candidate," writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post: "Women aren’t a foreign country. You don’t need an interpreter to talk to them."

Ann Romney often tells audiences that, though raising kids was tough, Mitt would call home to say that her job was more important than his. "Every time I hear that patronizing line, I imagine responding, 'Great. … then you come home and do it,'" writes Marcus. Polls show that Romney is losing badly among younger, college-educated women, who probably don't identify with Ann Romney's "father-knows-best description of life in chez Romney." Mitt needs to talk to them directly. "Even if you’re not fluent in their language, they might appreciate if you gave it a try." Catch Marcus' whole column here.

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