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October 9th, 2012
12:24 PM ET

Rep. Blackburn: #1 issue for women voters is jobs & economy, and they like what they're hearing from Romney

The presidential race is entering a whole new ball game, according to at least one new poll.

The Pew Research poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 49% to 45%. Last month when President Obama was ahead the case was Pew talked to more Democrats than Republicans. Meanwhile, Gallup's daily tracking poll shows President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by five points.

This morning on "Starting Point," Romney Campaign surrogate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says one reason more women may be looking to vote for Romney is because of his economic message.

"The number one issue with women is jobs and the economy," Rep. Blackburn says. "The other issues that they are talking to us about are what are you going do to repeal and replace Obamacare? They are incredibly concerned about out of control federal spending and the debt. And what that does to their children's futures and likewise they are very concerned about foreign policy and national security and were quite upset about the mishandling and the missteps around the actions that occurred on September 11th in Egypt, in Libya, and the attacks against our embassies."

She adds, "so I think those security moms looking at national security, economic security, retirement security, and they are saying I'm not comfortable with track I've been on the last four years, and I like what I'm hearing from Mitt Romney."

Filed under: 2012 Race • Economy • Jobs • Politics
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