By Carlo Munoz - 05/06/12 04:18 PM EDT
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) predicted that Mitt Romney would be able to rally female voters for the November general election, thanks to his strength on economic issues.
"What women want is competence . . . and Mitt Romney is competence in spades," said the former GOP presidential candidate during an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday.
The Minnesota lawmaker also rebuffed as a “myth” Democratic claims that Republicans are waging a “war on women.”
“There's not a Republican war on women. That's coming from the Obama re-election team, because everything they do right now is, any word that you hear will go through the grid of Obama's re-election,” she said.
“If you look at the 2010 election, women went Republican. They didn't go Democrat. And they will this time, as well, because women are more concerned about the economy and jobs for themselves, for their husband, for their children, and that's not happened, because Obama's broken his promises,” added Bachmann.
On Saturday, President Obama hammered the presumptive GOP nominee, arguing the U.S. would spend "the next four years going backward" on key women’s rights issues such as abortion and birth control under a Romney White House.
"We are not turning back the clock, we are going forward," Obama said during the speech in Richmond, Va.
But Bachmann shot back, saying that the concerns of female voters over those social issues have been trumped by their concerns over jobs and the economy.
“Mitt Romney is making a very positive case for women. Women know they can trust someone. What women want more than anything is jobs and the economy to turn around. That is the big issue,” said Bachmann. “That's what Mitt Romney has spent his life delivering, and that's what he'll do if he's president of the United States. And I believe he will be president of the United States.”
On the same show, former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, however, argued that Bachmann's view of female voters was woefully out of touch.
"Women are terrified about what the Republicans are talking about," Dean said. He called Bachmann's comments on the female electorate "purely ridiculous."