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Ann Romney emphasizes importance of female vote at Marquette rally

CREATED Sep. 20, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A rally has finished Thursday at Marquette University's Old Gym for the woman who hopes to be the First Lady of the United States.

Ann Romney appeared at a rally at Marquette University in support of her husband, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Mrs. Romney told the crowd that more than half of Mitt's staff as governor was women, and despite the campaign rhetoric, Mitt cares a great deal about women's issues.

"The bottom line of having these women here, having me here, and having all of these women in the audience is to know that Mitt put women in key leadership positions to help create job growth."

State Senators Alberta Darling and Leah Vukmir and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, all Republicans, joined Romney at the event.

Senator Darling argues it's the women's vote that will make a difference in this election.

"It's a woman's day to say women in Wisconsin are supporting Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney because we care about the economy, we care about our children and grandchildren," said Darling.

The Romneys are hoping the Ryans can help boost their chances of winning the Badger State.

"I can't say enough about being in Wisconsin, and thrilled to have Paul Ryan and his wife Janna as part of our team (applause)," said Ann Romney.  "I know that we can do it again, because we need to make sure Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney win in November."

Marquette University's Law School released a poll Wednesday that had Mr. Romney trailing incumbent President Barack Obama, a Democrat, 54-40.

Mr. Obama is expected to make a pair of appearances in Downtown Milwaukee on Saturday - an event at the Milwaukee Theatre and a public rally at the Summerfest Grounds.