RMC Believes 2012 Election Results Reveal a fatal flaw in the GOP’s Extreme Social Agenda
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Contact: Mallory Schwarz
WASHINGTON, DC (November 7, 2012) Today, the Republican Majority for Choice argues that the Party’s loss in the 2012 Presidential election reveals a fatal flaw in its extreme social agenda: The GOP cannot continue to espouse a rigid anti-choice National platform that would dramatically curtail American women’s reproductive health choices.
President Barack Obama’s re-election Tuesday will be credited to many possible causes: his swing state strategy, the auto industry bailout and his bipartisan leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. However it should be emphasized that women are the real reason President Obama will spend four more years in the White House.
“The GOP attempted to reach out to women with a strong economic message and time after time promoted the idea that women are smart, care about pocketbook issues and would not be swayed by a ‘war on women’ sound-bite.” said Susan Bevan, RMC National Co-Chair, “Well the GOP got one thing right, women are smart, they understand that reproductive health issues ARE pocketbook issues, and that science and medical decisions should not be fodder for political pandering.”
American women, who also backed Obama strongly in 2008, rallied behind him giving him an 11 point advantage over Romney. Obama received 55% of the female vote vs. 44% for Romney. Seven million more women voted than men, representing 53% of the total vote. Women overwhelmingly rejected a national party that tried to pitch that they ‘cared’ about women while simultaneously pushing the most extreme agenda on reproductive health issues.
“Romney’s loss in 2012 is a missed opportunity for the Republican Party to reclaim the White House in a year when high unemployment and a sluggish economy should have propelled the GOP nominee to victory,” said Candace Straight, RMC National Co-Chair. “Going forward, as the Republican Party regroups, GOP leaders must realize that if the Party is going to be successful in 2016 and beyond it must embrace diverse views on social issues such as a woman’s right to choose.”
There is an important lesson here for the Republican Party: Extremism on social issues contributed to its loss of the Presidency and most certainly any possibility of controlling the US Senate. As a result, Romney’s loss is a painful reminder that, if the GOP is to thrive and succeed going forward, it must adopt a more welcoming stance which will make women feel more at home in the Party.
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