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Democrats question Romney’s views on women as he campaigns in Virginia

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.) and Gov. Bob McDonnell, arrive at a campaign stop in Portsmouth on Thursday. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

And Demcrats are doing everything they can to blunt his efforts -- stressing that Romney has a women problem as he campaigns in a state which saw large protests this year over abortion and health care-related issues.

Democrats released a new online graphic contrasting how Obama and Romney policies could impact a woman, as well as a new video about women’s health care under Romney and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) and Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright held a news conference Thursday on the subject of the city’s women before Romney and McDonnell appeared at Crofton Industries. They were joined by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), in the state to give a graduation speech at Regent University and formally endorse Romney.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) acknowledged in an interview that the presidential race in Virginia will be tight, but said President Obama has an advantage with the female vote.

Romney — and Republicans in the General Assembly — contributed to a “national message that wasn’t really friendly to woman coming of the primary process,’’ he said.

Warner’s wife, Lisa Collis, was named one of the statewide co-chairs of the Women for Obama effort that launched this week.

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