A new survey by Public Policy Polling shows Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama in Iowa by one point. However, Romney is still behind when it comes to women voters. On Friday, October 19th, 2012, one group came to Scott County, Iowa to try to change that.
Not necessarily a “binder,” but a room full of women met at Symposium Cafe in Davenport to meet five former female colleagues of Mitt Romney.
“We’re just telling personal stories,” says Cindy Gillespie, who was a Counselor to Romney when he was Governor of Massachusetts. “We had a bad economy. All the positions to create jobs, cut regulations were held by women. There were women at the heart of his economic turnaround in Massachusetts. People don’t know that.”
But Cindy says getting people to know has been their goal as their group traveled through Iowa on a two-day tour, visiting Council Bluffs, Waukee, Indianola, Ottumwa, Iowa City, and Davenport.
New poll numbers out Friday show President Obama ahead of Romney among women by almost 20 points. But Cindy says that gap is shrinking.
“Women are actually seeing who he is,” says Cindy. “I think they saw it in the debate. I think they saw it in Mitt Romney himself.”
Speaking of the debates, Cindy says Romney’s “binders full of women” comment during Tuesday, October 16th’s second presidential debate should not be taken offensively. Instead, she and her colleagues take pride being some of so many.
“I’m very proud to have been considered and be part of that team,” says Cindy. “We always will be.”
Election Day is 18 days away. Early voting beings Monday, October 22nd in Illinois. It’s already begun in Iowa.