Romney’s wooing of female vote hits early snag

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Asked about that legislation on Wednesday, the Romney campaign did not provide an answer about his stance on the bill.

On the campaign trail Wednesday, Mr. Romney argued that women should reject Mr. Obama’s bid for a second term because of his performance on the economy during his first term.

“The real war on women is being waged by the president’s failed economic policies,” he said in Connecticut. “The percentage of jobs lost by women in the president’s three years, three and a half years, 92.3 percent of all the jobs lost during the Obama years have been lost by women.”

The Romney campaign reached that number by taking the total drop in the number of people employed between January 2009 and now — 740,000 — and said the drop among women alone during that period was 683,000, or 92.3 percent.

At the White House, press secretary Jay Carney rejected Mr. Romney’s calculations and pointed back to the president’s signature on the Lilly Ledbetter Act as evidence of where his priorities are.

“I’m not sure what charge it isthat someone’s attempting to make here, but the president’s record on women in the economy is very strong, and it begins with literally the first thing he did as president,” Mr. Carney said.

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