Opinion:Why Paul Ryan is not 'bad' for women
Anita McBride says women have much to attract them to a Romney-Ryan ticket.
August 20th, 2012
09:13 AM ET

Opinion:Why Paul Ryan is not 'bad' for women

Editor's note: Anita McBride is an executive-in-residence at America University in Washington. She was first lady Laura Bush's chief of staff and worked in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

By Anita McBride, Special to CNN

(CNN) - When Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, the media frenzy surrounding the announcement included claims that the choice was bad for women and that it would not attract women voters. Ryan's pro-life voting record was especially highlighted, and once again, the "war on women" came to the forefront and diverted attention from the ultimate women's issue in this election - our dire economic future.

It is misguided to think that women vote as a bloc. We are a diverse group, and it is nearly impossible for any candidate to appeal to all sides of the political spectrum. The reality is that women's top concerns are the same as men's, and like men, women are more likely to vote along party lines.

U.S. Rep. Ryan's addition to the Republican ticket ensures that the debate about the economy will be vigorous. For women, and all Americans, nothing can be more important.

Read Anita McBride's full column

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  1. Jorge

    Paul Ryan-An Ayn Rand follower who believes that there is only one way to think that is right (Objectivism), and that there is some sort of socioeconomical "elite" around which the world should turn, (despite repeated historical evidence to the contrary). No doubt the members of his preferred circle are those endowed to think that way, and belong to that elite. Sounds a bit like supremacist eugenics to me, with all the dark implications of what that entails.

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