Top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett doesn’t buy national polls that show more women voting for Romney.
“The national polls are all over the place. You can find a poll that says just about anything, and where we look is really in the battleground states,” the controversial and influential Obama aide said in an interview aired on Monday’s Morning Joe. “In the battleground states, the President is double-digits ahead, when it comes to [women]. And why is that? It’s because women know that the President, his entire life, has been on their side, fighting for them.”
“There’s no doubt he’s lost some of his gender edge from last time,” POLITICO executive editor Jim VandeHei said on Morning Joe last week. “He won women by 13 in 2008, there’s very few polls that show him winning by that advantage. Both campaigns see [Obama holding] around an 8 [point lead with women voters.]“
Controversial abortion views, like Richard Mourdock’s, are playing a huge role in swaying the women vote. The Morning Joe crew slammed candidates like Mourdock and Rep. Todd Akin for what host Joe Scarborough called “crazy” and “offensive” abortion views, which he said alienate swing voters.
“They are driving away so many swing voters,” Scarborough said.
“It’s a political gift for Obama,” host Mika Brzezinski said.
Jarrett, a regular guest on Morning Joe, joked that she wouldn’t be needing binders at an Obama campaign event in New Hampshire, where she and Brzezinski and Scarborough held the interview. “If—in this day and time—if you need to find a binder for women,” she said, “what is going on? Are we really going to go back to this time, or are we going to go forward?”