Flap over Ann Romney shows campaigns’ anxiety on women voters

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Romney and his wife, Ann react while onstage during his Illinois primary night rallyWASHINGTON (Reuters) – It began with a Democratic pundit’s comment late Wednesday on cable news that seemed to criticize Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, for choosing to stay home and raise their five sons rather than work. Thanks to social media, the remark quickly escalated into a fracas over the role of women in American society. It gave Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee for president who is scrambling to improve his ratings among women voters, a chance to reach out to them through his wife. …

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