Ann Romney named chairman of Women for Mitt Coalition

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The day contraception activist Sandra Fluke is set to appear with President Barack Obama at a campaign stop to highlight the president’s focus on women’s issues, Republican candidate Mitt Romney announced his Women for Mitt Coalition.

The “coalition” is comprised of many familiar Romney supporters, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a slew of female Republican lawmakers and the wives of a number of Romney’s former GOP nomination challengers.

“I’m honored to have these strong and talented women on my team and am humbled by their support,” Romney said in a statement Wednesday. “Across the country, people are struggling as a result of President Obama’s poor stewardship over our economy. I’m grateful to these women for joining me in my campaign to replace this administration’s failed policies with a pro-growth vision for our extraordinary nation.”

Romney’s own wife, Ann Romney, is the new coalition’s chairman.

“I’m proud to be heading up this effort to reach out to women voters,” said Ann Romney. “There is no doubt that women will play a critical role in determining the outcome of this election, and that’s something Mitt understands well. He also knows how to turn around this economy so that it will better serve the interests of women and families across America.” (SEE ALSO: DNC apologizes for offending Ann Romney’s horse)

While the Washington Free Beacon has been running a series on the salary inequities between men and women in Democratic offices and campaigns, Democrats and the Obama campaign has been attacking Romney for being out of touch with the fairer sex, especially due to his more conservative positions on issues like Planned Parenthood and health care reform.

Washington Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Women for Mitt honorary co-chair, said the election should be about Obama’s leadership failures and not the so-called “War on Women.”

“All across America, women are tired of the President’s failed policies,” said McMorris Rodgers in a statement. “Since President Obama can’t run on his record, he’s resorted to scare tactics to distract and divide women – namely, the so-called ‘War on Women,’ which is a total myth. The women of America aren’t falling for it. They want real solutions and real leadership. Mitt Romney will provide that leadership.”

Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Gov. Kerry Healey added that the former governor has a clear record of supporting women. (RELATED: Sandra Fluke: Romney will ‘never stand up for women’)

“During the time he was Governor, women composed half of Gov. Romney’s cabinet and many more served as highly-respected, top-level advisers,” said Healey. “I’m confident that a Romney presidency would continue to show that same kind of appreciation for the value of women’s voices and women’s skills to the project of renewing our country.”

Women for Mitt National Advisory Board

Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State

Kerry Healey, former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts

Karen Santorum, Mother of 7, attorney, author, and former neonatal intensive care nurse

Callista Gingrich, President, Gingrich Productions

Mary Pawlenty, Former First Lady of Minnesota

Anita Perry, First Lady of Texas

Rachel Campos Duffy, author and television host

Sharon Day, Co-Chair, Republican National Committee

Paula Speers, Co-founder, Health Advances

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Jovita Carranza, former Vice President of Air Operations for UPS

Supriya Jindal, First Lady of Louisiana and Founder of the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children

Catherine Reynolds, Chairman of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation

Dema Guinn, Former First Lady of Nevada

Aldona Wos, Former Ambassador to Estonia


Women for Mitt Honorary Co-Chairs

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas

Senator Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

Senator Olympia Snowe, Maine

Senator Susan Collins, Maine

Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona

Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma

Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina

Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico

Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, Indiana

Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, Florida

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Ohio

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Wisconsin

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa

Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, New York

Rep. Candice Miller, Michigan

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington

Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyoming

Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington

Rep. Jean Schmidt, Ohio

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri

Rep. Judy Biggert, Illinois

Rep. Kay Granger, Texas

Rep. Kristi Noem, South Dakota

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee

Rep. Martha Roby, Alabama

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, California

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota

Rep. Nan Hayworth, New York

Rep. Renee Ellmers, North Carolina

Rep. Sandy Adams, Florida

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Wyoming

Rep. Sue Myrick, North Carolina

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Missouri

Rep. Virginia Foxx, North Carolina

State Senator Alberta Darling, Wisconsin

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