It was a good day for Ann Romney to be in Central Virginia. She has spent months on the campaign trail working specifically to convince women voters that her husband is worth supporting. For months Mitt Romney has trailed in almost every poll with women. However his recent impressive performance in last week's debate has allowed him to turn a corner with female voters.
A new Pew Research Poll, not only shows Romney with a 49%-45% lead overall with likely voters, it also shows him tied with Barack Obama with women voters 47%-47%. That same poll taken last month showed the president with an 18 point lead.
Of course that is just one poll, taken at a high point in the Romney campaign, but is has republicans encouraged.
Mrs. Romney brought a message of economic prosperity under a Romney administration to women in Chester. She visited a popular botique and rallied volunteers at a local victory office.
I spoke one on one with Mrs. Romney and we talked extensively about her outreach to women and the impact that is having on the campaign.
Here is my story for NBC12:
She has become an important part of Mitt Romney's campaign for president. Ann Romney was in Central Virginia Monday, hoping to boost her husband's prospects with an important voting bloc.
For much of the campaign, polls show Mitt Romney trailing with women voters.
His wife has been given the task of closing that gap.
In a one on one interview, she told NBC12 that her husband has the best plan for women of America.
Mrs. Romney spends a lot of time talking to women, she believes she knows what their top concerns are when it comes to the 2012 presidential election.
"They are saying, I've lost my job, my husbands' lost his job, my child can't find work” she said. “Please help.”
While the Obama campaign makes Mitt Romney's record on social issues like abortion and contraception, a focal point of their attacks, Mrs. Romney said her husband’s focus is the economy. She believes most woman voters are as well.
"So many women are coming to our events,” she said. “So many women are voting for Mitt and they are focused on issues than were different that what drove them to the polls four years ago."
In 2012, Mrs Romney argues, the economy is the dominant issue.
"The numbers aren't really reflective of what is going on out there,” she said referring to the September jobs report that showed unemployment dropping to a four year low. “There are a lot of people that are really hurting."
And there is evidence; Governor Romney is making some inroads with women. A new Pew Research poll released Monday shows Romney and Obama tied 47- 47 with female voters.
Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said the president will continue to show a clear contrast on issues of concern to women.
"Many female voters are offended by the positions that Mitt Romney has taken during this campaign," he said, pointing to Romney’s positions on abortion and contraception.
Read the full story on NBC12.com
We also talked to Mrs. Romney about what kind of First Lady she might be and what she first said to her husband as he came off stage from his successful debate performance last week.
The full interview, uncut can be seen below: