Bachmann: "Women want competence"

(CBS News) On "Face the Nation," Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann pushed back against the Democrats' claim that Republicans are waging a "war on women," calling the notion an election year myth.

"The myth is there is a Republican war on women. There's not a Republican war on women," Bachmann said. "That's coming from the Obama reelection team."

Bachmann, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination but dropped out after a disappointing finish in Iowa, said women are looking for "competence" this election.

The Minnesota congresswoman said more women voted Republican during the 2010 midterm elections, and she predicted they would vote Republican again in November because of the "utter failure" of President Obama, despite numerous polls showing the president winning among women by double digits.

"If you look at the 2010 election, women went Republican," Bachmann told Bob Schieffer, "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 broke his promises. He broke his promises on job creation. . . .

"With all due respect to the president, he's not competent to deal with the economy," Bachmann said. "Mitt Romney is competent in spades."

Bachmann added: "I think Mitt Romney had a great line. He said, 'It's still the economy, and we're not stupid.' Women aren't stupid. Women are very capable. They're intelligent. They're competent, and women want to know we're going to have jobs created."

In response to questions by Schieffer about Romney's conservative credentials, the Tea Party-backed Republican said health care is the biggest contrast between the two candidates.

"One thing that Mitt Romney has demonstrated, he will repeal Obamacare," Bachmann said. "We will never get rid of socialized medicine, which is Obamacare, under Barack Obama."

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    Leigh Ann Caldwell is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.

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