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A partial transcript from November 7.
ROBIN ROBERTS, Good Morning America Co-Anchor: Good morning and hello to you on this Wednesday, November 7th. I’m Robin Roberts, and for those of you who went to bed early last night, it appears that Mitt Romney has won the presidential election.
Romney’s victory is sending shock waves across the country. It certainly surprised many political analysts. What’s most interesting is that exit polls show the decisive votes were cast by women voters.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, Good Morning America Co-Anchor: That’s right, Robin, it seems hard to believe now. Back in 2008, Barack Obama captured 56 percent of female voters — more than any Democratic presidential candidate since 1996.
And by Inauguration Day, his approval rating stood at 71% among women.
But that support was nowhere to be found yesterday, as Mitt Romney narrowly won the female vote, and with it the election.
For a look at what went wrong for President Obama, here’s Jake Tapper in Washington.
JAKE TAPPER, ABC Senior White House Correspondent: Even as the election results continue to sink in, there seems to be an emerging consensus among political strategists that Democrats erred badly in their strategy with women.
Without the economy to run on, Democrats based their appeal to women voters on abortion and birth control, and it clearly backfired.
Throughout the campaign, abortion rights groups and the Democratic Party claimed that Republicans and the Catholic Church wanted to take away women’s birth control and that it constituted a “war on women.” A Planned Parenthood ad charged that “Mitt Romney would turn back the clock for women.”
At the height of the hysteria, Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said, “I think the next act will be dragging women out of patient rooms into the streets and screaming over their bodies as they get dragged out of getting access to women’s health care.”
The Obama campaign also embraced the “war on women” theme. Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius accused Republicans of wanting to “roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America.”
On its official Tumblr, the Obama campaign posted an electronic greeting card that said, “Vote like your lady parts depend on it. Because they kinda do.”
Another Obama ad showed a woman saying, “It’s a scary time to be a woman.”
Many of you remember Georgetown Law student and abortion activist Sandra Fluke, who complained at a congressional hearing that her Catholic school would not pay for her friends’ birth control. She became a central component of the Democrats’ campaign, even earning a prime speaking slot at September’s Democratic National Convention.
Democrats seemed not to notice that their allegations just didn’t ring true to many women or men, who don’t equate women’s health with abortion. And most voters understood that the real debate with the Obamacare mandate was about religious freedom, about whether religious institutions should be forced to pay for their employees’ birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.
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