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August 31st, 2012
11:27 AM ET

CA Senate candidate Emken says GOP needs more women talking about what we're trying to do for families

Mitt Romney officially accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president last night with a sweeping speech relaying why he should be the next president of the United States. Romney even shared personal anecdotes, resonating with the American public and women especially.

Joining John Berman on “Early Start” this morning is Elizabeth Emken, Republican Senatorial Candidate for California. Emken is challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Diane Feinstein for the seat in a two-woman race in the largest state in the nation. She talks to Berman about Romney’s big night and women leaders at the Republican National Convention.

Emken says Romney made a great connection with women in his acceptance speech, but wife Ann Romney stood out to her most. “Ann Romney did such a good job in my view of making that connection of women to her husband,” she says. “As we’re looking at women and families, and what it is we need, especially in California, I just think that connection is so important.”

Emken also responds to the latest WSJ/NBC Poll showing a gap among women for approval of Obama versus Romney, 51% to 41% in 12 battleground states.

“I think we need to have more women in the Republican Party out there and talking about what is we’re trying to do for families,” she says. “I think we have to do a better job in the Republican Party of putting women out there with real life experiences,” Emken says. “I’m a real person.”

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