By Geneva Sands - 07/11/12 02:15 PM EDT
"Some people say there's a 'war on women.' We agree — it's a war being waged in our economy. Under President Obama, the number of women living in poverty has skyrocketed. Hit hardest in every poverty-related category," says a narrator in a Web video released Wednesday.
Crossroads produced the video in response to a television ad launched earlier this week that claimed women are "troubled" by presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
"Every woman who believes decisions about our bodies and our healthcare should be our own is troubled Mitt Romney supports overturning Roe v. Wade," said a narrator in the Obama campaign video.
Democrats ratcheted up the "war on women" rhetoric earlier this year as they battled Republicans over the healthcare law's mandate for religiously affiliated organizations to cover contraception.
In the video, Crossroads attacks Obama for failing to produce jobs for women and highlights poverty levels among Hispanics and seniors, important demographics for the fall election.
"The job market in Obama's economy — women aren't faring as well as
other groups. During Obama's so-called recovery, women have lost jobs
even as men gained them … poverty, unemployment, fading hopes — that's
not the change we voted for," says the narrator.
Obama has a strong lead among Hispanic voters, and made gains last month when he announced his administration would stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age.
The gender gap between Obama and Romney was again apparent in a Quinnipiac University poll released
on Wednesday, with the president leading among women 51 percent to 39.
Romney leads 47 to 40 among men, according to the poll.
American Crossroads, backed by Karl Rove, has raised millions of dollars and spent heavily to defeat President Obama in November.