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Ann Romney: birth control, gay marriage not “what this election is going to be about”

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Ann Romney speaking to KWQC TV6 in Davenport, Iowa via satellite Friday morning Ann Romney speaking to KWQC TV6 in Davenport, Iowa via satellite Friday morning

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Ann Romney told KWQC TV6 News in an interview Friday that birth control and gay marriage are issues that "distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election."  Mrs. Romney says the election is about "the economy and jobs."

Mrs. Romney, speaking to KWQC anchor David Nelson, said she wanted to speak about women's issues, echoing the theme of her recent speech at the Republican National Convention.  "My message, really, was ‘women, I hear your voices.'"

"I wanted to make sure that women of America knew that we have been across this country for the last year and a half and we are very aware of how tough it is for them," Mrs. Romney said.  "I think all of us know that women work harder than anyone and that they hold down jobs, they are raising the kids, they're trying to get food on the table and everything else and they're really being stretched."

When asked if she believes a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner, Mrs. Romney said, "I'm not going to talk about the specific issues.  I'm going to let my husband speak on issues."

When asked if she believes that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control, Mrs. Romney said "Again, you're asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about.  This election is going to be about the economy and jobs."

"I'm here to really just talk about my husband and what kind of husband and father he is and, you know, those are hot-button issues that distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election."

An April 2012 Pew Research Center poll found that 46% of women voters under age 50 said birth control is "very important" to their vote this November.  The same poll found 31% of women voters said gay marriage is "very important" to their vote.

When Nelson referenced the Pew poll, Mrs. Romney responded "but I personally believe, and this is what I'm hearing from women all across the country that they are going to look for the guy that's going to pull them out of the weeds and get them job security and a brighter future for their children.  That's the message."

Mrs. Romney said, in reference to questions on birth control and gay marriage, "really if you want to try to pull me off of the other messages it's not going to work."

"I'm going to talk to you about the economy and about job creation and about how my husband is the right person for the right time," Mrs. Romney said.  "This is going to be an election that is very important for women, and we are going to make sure that their economic prosperity is more certain under a President Romney."

See Ann Romney interview transcript here: http://bit.ly/Q4kVhl

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