Making It Safe for Formerly Dem Women to Vote for Romney

Ramesh asked an interesting question last night: What is the Romney camp looking at poll-wise when it comes to religious freedom? We’ve seen polls suggesting that when the problem with the HHS mandate is explained — that it forces people to purchase and provide and participate in insurance coverage, including abortion drugs, they object to — people tend to be opposed to it.

Last night you saw the two candidates fighting for the women voters Democrats lost in the 2010 midterm elections. They are the reason Barack Obama kept bringing up Planned Parenthood. They are the reason Romney threw cold water on the rhetoric about contraception last night and is coming out with this ad

In the ad, which is reportedly to run in Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, a woman says, “Romney doesn’t oppose contraception at all” and is not Todd Akin. “I’m more concerned about the debt our children will be left with. I voted for Barack Obama last time. We just can’t afford four more years.” Those are the voters Obama is worried about losing and Romney sees within reach

Kathryn Jean Lopez — Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and an editor-at-large of National Review. Sign up for her weekly NRI newsletter here. This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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