TAMPA, FL (KTVI)-- The heavy lifting begins at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Mitt Romney's choice for vice president, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan must introduce himself to the nation.
Tuesday night, it was Mitt Romney's wife Ann who tried to re-introduce her husband to the nation and in the process try to bridge the perceived gender gap with women.
I don't know how it played on television, but the reception from the floor of the convention where we watched it was electric.
It’s clear both sides in this election need the women's vote to win so it is not surprising that the war for women has led to democrats claiming the GOP is waging a war on women. And Todd Akin`s controversial comments have given the democrats additional ammunition.
I love you women. And GOP women returned the compliment as Anne Romney tried to burnish the party's reputation with women at a time when democrats are running ads like this:
Really the GOP has declared war on women. It seems like the republican leadership has just been rolling back women's rights.
Convention delegate Becky Davidson is a working woman from St. Louis who is well aware that compared to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney has less support from women and has lost more support from women after Todd Akin kneecapped his own party with his ill-chosen words on FOX 2`s Jaco Report about abortion and rape.
Phyllis Schlafly, long known for her controversial views on feminism says what conservatives need to do is counter the charge of a war on women with a charge that it`s liberals hurting women them most.
“You tell them you don`t want government running your lives. I don`t. I grew up during the great depression and we didn`t have all these government handouts and I think they are self defeating,” she stated.
Whatever strategy they chose, the GOP women we interviewed seem confident the gender gap can still be closed.
The war on women argument is going to get louder over the next nine weeks, especially next week when the democrats hold their convention.