Some of Mitt's best friends are women

Ladies get a shout-out in Mitt's speech

By Irin Carmon
Published August 31, 2012 12:27AM (EDT)

So far tonight, more time has been devoted to wooing Latinos -- in a slightly less tone-deaf way than "You people really know how to party," unless you count the presence of Callista onstage with Newt Gingrich. (Anyway, they already ticked that box on Tuesday.) But Mitt Romney's remarks will include an explicit call-out to women too:

When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, "Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?"

"I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.

Again, not a word on policies that specifically affect women. Meanwhile, at a Salute to Pro-Life Women event earlier today, Michele Bachmann (who notably is not on that list of speakers cited by Romney) called Barack Obama "the most anti-woman, anti-life president ever in the history of the United States."

Irin Carmon

Irin Carmon is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @irincarmon or email her at

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