Norton: GOP not so great at promoting women

DENVER — Republican Jane Norton says the GOP, not just her male opponent in Colorado’s Senate Republican primary, has some work to do promoting women.

Norton vowed today to be one of the most conservative women in the Senate if elected and said her party hasn’t done a great job in the past of promoting women.

“The party could do a better job” promoting women, Norton said Friday after a debate with her opponent in Colorado’s Aug. 10 primary, Ken Buck. She added, “It’s changing, and this is a good year for it.”

Earlier, Norton played host to a breakfast with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Sanotorum, a conservative who blasted his party for not promoting conservative women.

Santorum told a group of Republicans that “it’s important to our movement” to see more female conservatives in office.

“The bottom line is, we have not in the Republican Party done a good job electing conservative Republican women to the United States Senate,” Santorum said.

Norton pointed out to a reporter that the Senate has only four Republican women, “no real conservatives among them.” She later said she’d be one of the most conservative women in the Senate if elected.

Colorado’s Republican Senate race has turned into a gender battle in its closing days. Last week, Norton aired a television ad blasting independent advocacy groups for taking out attack ads against her, not Buck himself.


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