2012 Presidential Candidates, Spouses Spar on Women's Vote

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney join the debate over women's issues.
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Tonight, the pace is quickening. 19 days before americans go to the polls. Your voice, your vote. And there's some new evidence that the president is gaining ground after this week's debate. Today, governor romney and his wife, ann, were out making their case to women. Abc's david muir is here. David? Reporter: Ann romney on "the view" today. At one point, her husband was to come too, but in the end, he did not. He said that he was not sure he wanted to come on with us because we're high risk and sharp tongued. No, he said sharp and young. Reporter: Humor. And then a pointed question from barbara walters as both campaigns aggressively court women in these final 19 days. One of the things of your husband, when he was governor, he was pro-choice. And now is against abortion, except in the case of rape and incest and the life of the mother. I wonder what your views are? Were you the same way when he was the governor? Have you changed? I'm sure you've had discussions about this. You know, the good news is I'm not running for office and i don't have to say what I feel. But I am pro-life. I'm happy to say that. Mitt has always been a pro-life person. He governed, when he ran, as a pro-choice. But when a decision came across his desk -- explain that to me. When a decision came across his desk to use embryos for experimentation, and that's when stem cell research. He could not have on his conscience creating human life for experimentation. Reporter: Mrs. Romney arguing the real help women ask for on the campaign trail is economic. Economic help? Absolutely. And you know, women are going to have a choice. It's clear, if you want to make a choice and those choices are about reproductive rights, that's your choice. Reporter: And in these closing days, democrats jumping on that sharp contrast. This new ad in virginia where the race has tightened, with what romney said during the primaries about roe v. Wade. Take a look at this. If roe v. Wade was overturned, congress passed a federal ban on all abortions, and it came to your desk, would you sign it? Yes, or no? Let me say it, I'd be delighted to sign that bill. Reporter: And what was the president talking about in new hampshire today? And when these young women graduate, I want them to receive equal pay for equal work. Governor romney still won't say whether or not he supported a law to protect that right. Reporter: The president with a famous surrogate in ohio. The fire wall the president needs to hold opt. Bruce springsteen today talking about women. I don't have to tell you the dangers to roe versus wade. Reporter: And this focus on women will no doubt intensify. Romney with his biggest lead yet in the gallup daily tracking poll but new polls showing the president with strong leads in two crucial battlegrounds, diane, iowa and wisconsin. And both candidates in new york tonight. Reporter: Right here in new york, at the al smith dinner. Tradition to put aside the fight, trade it for humor. But this comes just a couple of days after the duel at the town hall.

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