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Three weeks to go until Election Day brand new polling shows a very important shift in women voters -- governor Mitt Romney.
Take a look at this a brand new USA today Gallup poll of likely voters in swing states shows governor Romney with a four point edge over the president.
And among women voters the pollsters say governor Romney has closed a massive gender gap.
He now trails the president among women by just a point.
Meanwhile the latest real clear politics national average shows about -- tighter races you can get governor Romney leading the president by three tenths of a point.
Joining us now for a fair and balanced debate former New York State Republican senator Alfonse D'Amato.
And Debbie -- a member of the Democratic National Committee and former chair of vice president Al Gore's campaign in Michigan.
-- this was a runaway for President Obama among women.
Just a week or two ago what happened.
Well I think -- first off I'm not.
In any kind of state of panic picks I think independent women think for themselves are looking at the issues.
And I think as you see the next two debates they're gonna talk about what what women care about are the economy -- cared about jobs they care about the cost of gasoline and groceries and when.
Say listen to these two men talk can make their ultimate decision to gonna vote for the man that they trust on the economy among other issues and -- I think that women.
We all in the -- support president.
Obama well senator D'Amato as the economy and pocketbook issues are what matter to women know what explains.
The surge to Mitt Romney in the last while we protect I think -- he's got it exactly right.
In terms of what women.
Most women will be thinking about and I think that that's why you have this dramatic shift to Romney.
For those on the economic issues and -- mentioned gasoline.
They president promised one thing -- a gasoline prices would come down and they've had doubles.
They president promised -- more jobs.
They have not been there.
So the economic situation that these families face headed by women.
And single women.
As one of deterioration.
And if governor Romney does as well as he did the last time I think this search will -- momentum will continue to flow his way.
With all of the voters including women.
Last time around it via I don't have to tell you man who supported John McCain but women supported governor I'm sorry supported President Obama then Senator Obama.
By thirteen points and made the difference in the election.
If it's going to be closer this this time around and again these latest polls from Gallup and USA today indicate it's a lot closer.
Doesn't that create a problem for the president trying to pull -- selection out of that.
Look at Barnes and I'm one of the people that has since the last two years since phrases can be much closer -- everybody thinks that it's going to be but I also think women.
-- and are gonna -- look at these issues very seriously unemployment is the lowest it's been.
In four years are gonna look at somebody and who -- they think connects with them.
And what their life he's really like which of these two men who knows what the cost of -- we ask are whether they have to decide whether they can.
Afford to take their child to the actor and -- -- they're gonna look at choice is not a winning issue for many women I can get -- we get stereotyped.
But on the other hand they've got two very real issues that governor Romney won't take it.
A position unfair pay.
For women or how he would -- would would have voted on the -- Leadbetter issue.
And -- the subject of tourists where all of a sudden last week we here at the de Moines register.
It's not one of his main campaign issues when we've heard for eighteen months that he will appoint a Supreme Court justices that'll support the overturning Roe vs.
-- I think independent women in particular gonna look at all of these issues in in the -- are gonna break for president.
-- -- won't senator D'Amato I mean if if pocketbook issues are front and center right now I mean you're looking up -- six dollar a gallon gas in California -- -- economies the economy the economy.
And that comes down to what -- it cost to run -- home.
-- you getting more difficult.
And I pay my mortgage -- I have a job.
And -- our -- -- underemployed or have I given up looking for jobs this -- economy.
Is in trouble.
And we've had for years and you know the -- -- shocks me.
Is that for two years.
President Obama controlled his party overwhelmingly in both houses he talks about the tax reform they want -- why didn't he do it.
When he could have done it very few presidential that overwhelming congresses in other words he had a senate that was filibuster proof.
He could have made these tax -- -- -- middle class he never did it.
And now he is the -- in saying all that's their rich guys are getting away with him well.
President why didn't you do the things that you say you wanted to do when you could have.
Fighting to make the changes and and bring about tax reform which we desperately need and which.
Which governor Romney says we need and is as supportive -- -- I think it's the economy and I think is molding.
And in the governor's direction.
It will be interesting to hear the questions that women are asking tonight in that town hall format debate because they are the group that everybody both both campaigns are pushing to get this time around.
Congressman I'm sorry senator D'Amato and -- Debbie dingle thank you both endorsing -- --
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