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Republicans' Efforts to Reach Out to Women

Several of Missouri's delegates to the Republican National Convention have attended events designed to showcase Republican women this week. KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with some of these delegates about the party's efforts to reach out to women.

THE PRESIDENT TAPPED A MISSOURI SOCCER MOM TO HEAD A NATIONAL EFFORT TO SHORE UP HIS SUPPORT AMONG WOMEN.

AT THAT TIME, ANN WAGNER BECAME MORE THAN THE MISSOURI REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN'SHE ALSO BECAME THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR.

AT A MEETING WITH MISSOURI DELEGATES THIS WEEK, WAGNER SAID THE PRESIDENT HAS DEMONSTRATED HIS COMMITMENT TO INCLUDING WOMEN IN HIS ADMINISTRATION.

ONE OF THOSE WOMEN SPOKE TO THE MISSOURI DELEGATES THIS WEEK.

LABOR SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO TOLD THE DELEGATES ABOUT A RECENT TRIP SHE MADE TO IRAQ AND HOW SHE WAS ABLE TO MEB REACHING OUT TO WOMEN.

SHE SAYS THE CONVENTION HAS BEEN A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT.

COOPER SAYS NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE MAY HAVE THOUGHT OF THE G-O-P'S ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN, THE PRESIDENT HAS GONE A LONG WAY TO CHANGE THAT ATTITUDE.

BUT MANY WOMEN SAY THEIR DECISION TO SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES RATHER THAN REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES HAS TO DO WITH SOCIAL ISSUES LIKE ABORTION.

BUT MISSOURI DELEGATE PAT THOMAS SAYS EVEN PRO-CHOICE WOMEN CAN FIND A PLACE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

APPEALING TO WOMEN COULD BE CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS IN NOVEMBER.

POLLS SHOW MOST UNDECIDED VOTERS ARE WOMEN.