Abortion key issue in 2012 race?
Political panel weighs in
- Duration 2:17
- Date Nov 6, 2012
Political panel weighs in
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Golf swing states and -- we are waiting for Florida north New Hampshire Pennsylvania North Carolina Virginia.
Ohio these are all the ones we haven't got anything -- But these it was a matter that's -- Virginia's North Carolina.
Something else that's that they get 227 if you mr.
Romney try anything interesting about Barack Obama winning Michigan.
No I don't at I was thought Michigan was it was it was a tough tough hunt and that I think the only -- went forward was because of the -- the -- connection.
But I -- I think some of these states the ones we just talked about a ones we need to win when those who get to do says.
-- -- your thoughts.
I think that part of the spread you're seeing now in states with large white collar suburban populations and that would.
Very much include Virginia but also Pennsylvania outside Philadelphia.
There was a battle going on it was basically uncovered by the press was ignored -- and it was a push by the Obama campaign emphasized social issues specifically abortion.
And it looks like in the early returns at that has borne fruit.
The gender gap has been really stubborn for governor Romney and I think that's part of the reason they hit it hard on radio on television you know go to the states and it was the first thing you notice.
Abortion was the issue.
Obama was leading with I don't think I ever saw a newscast on broadcast network that noted that fact but it was a factor -- and apparently effective -- You know what do you make of that you know the advantage that Barack Obama had with with women last time around we don't have these numbers -- -- yet that -- -- -- he's winning with the women.
I think being mapped it out very early and -- it can remember that HHS.
To get the mandate.
That was going to change -- with a way to Catholic institutions would have to deal with contraception.
This first impressions of that was not only just the first the first radio -- the first TV but they had -- from the White House it's very powerful it's difficult to beat an incumbent.
And when you have the full weight of the federal government behind you to change major policy like that I think it does make a difference which is stunning to me.
Because we are at a place where like in Pennsylvania.
Fewer people are working today then when President Obama took office in January 2009.
-- -- seven point 9% unemployment rate and yet abortion which nobody on the Republican side was bringing up as -- major policy issue or something that they wanted to change.
Is actually really affecting people's votes to Bob.