With Mitt Romney traveling around Pennsylvania ahead of this month's primary, state voters are not only getting their first up-close inpsection of the somewhat presumed GOP nominee. They're also getting a preview of the attack lines the Democrats are likely to use against him.
There was little subtlety to the Democratic message today, when DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz stood beneath the Love statue in Love Park and asked Romney where was the love for women in his agenda.
Behind her, 13 supporters stood with signs reading, "Keep Your Mitts(s) Off Birth Control."
During the primary season, Schultz said Romney has tracked right to satisfy the conservative base, taking positions that are "callous and dismissive of what matters to women." She said Romney has promised to defund Planned Parenthood, overturn Roe v. Wade and repeal the Obama health plan -- all positions, she said, antithetical to most women voters.
Schultz said Romney won't be able shake the Etch-a-Sketch and emerge with more moderate views in the general election.
"Women aren't interested in being pawns as he panders his way to the GOP nomination," Schultz said. "No amount of shaking can get rid of Mitt Romney's dismissive and out of touch positions when it comes to women's health."
Schultz was joined by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the only female in Pennsylvania's 19-member Congressional delegation (21, including the two male senators).
Schwartz said there's a growing "gender gap," and women are "are walking away from the Republican party."
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