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George Will: Obama’s ‘war on women trope’ offensive to ‘professional educated women’

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

On this weekend’s broadcast of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on ABC, Washington Post columnist George Will took on the Obama campaign’s insistence that the GOP is waging a “war on women.”

Will explained that strategy has backfired on the Obama campaign because it suggests women care only about contraception and not salient economic issues.

“There has been a big change — it’s not a particular state,” Will said. “It’s the change in Romney’s gain among women, and that I think represents a huge recoil by professional women with college degrees against the condensation of the Obama campaign … which says, essentially, don’t you trouble your pretty little heads about these men’s issues and all the rest. Worry about contraception, which has been a constitutional right for 47 years. It’s a distraction, the entire ‘war on women’ trope, and I think professional educated women find it offensive.”

Will’s co-panelist, Nicole Wallace agreed, calling the strategy a “miscalculation” by the president’s campaign.

“It also reveals a grave miscalculation,” Wallace said. “I mean, the Obama campaign put this front and center in their convention and it had a positive effect in terms of rallying their base. It maybe put back together the Obama coalition and united the women that care about reproductive freedom first and foremost … Republicans don’t need to best Democrats [among women]. They just need to tighten it. And I think they both made a gamble. I think it was unclear who was going to be correct. But the Romney campaign made a gamble that enough women cared about the economy and economic issues more than, or at least as much as, reproductive freedom.”

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