Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright expressed her opinion about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in an interview with The Huffington Post on Monday.
“I’m not sure I’m going to state this exactly right,” Albright said. “But I think there are some who believe they are actually protecting women, you know, and that it is better for women to be taken care of.”
She continued: “I think women want to take care of themselves, and I think having a voice in how that is done is very important. And frankly, I don’t understand — I mean, I’m obviously a card-carrying Democrat — but I can’t understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney, except maybe Mrs. Romney.”
The former secretary of State, who has been an outspoken advocate for women in the workplace, said she found the comments made by Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) that a rape victim can shut down her body to avoid pregnancy to be “one of the more outrageous” comments she’s witnessed in her 75 years.
“It was appalling and disgusting,” Albright said. “But if I may say so, the things that he said in one form or another are in the Republican platform. So [while Republicans are] saying he is a nutcase and they have to move away from him, they did not move away from their platform.”
The president received support from 52 percent of likely female voters, compared to 36 percent for Romney.
“Both parties have women that they can appeal to,” Lake said. “Women are the key swing vote and will probably decide the election, but I think women are more self-conscious about the role. I think the really interesting part is that women are poised to take things into their own hands.”
Half of the women polled said Obama deserved an “A” or “B” for his time in office, while 29 percent gave him a “D” or an “F.”
At the same time a lot of women have been turned off by the campaign’s tendency to veer toward issues like abortion, Lake said. “Women want to know, why are we talking about this at all? Why aren’t we focusing on the economy?”
Firt lady Michelle Obama also fared well, with 72 percent of women viewing her favorably. Mitt Romney’s wife Ann, who exclaimed “I love you women!” during her Wednesday convention speech, was far less well-known, with 30 percent viewing her favorably, and 45 percent saying they hadn’t heard of her or had no opinion.
Aware of the gender gap, Romney’s campaign gave several Republican women primetime speaking roles at his party’s recently completed convention.