It's odd to see Mitt Romney weighing in on the debate surrounding the all-male Augusta National club, home of the Master's Tournament in golf, but he clearly stated Thursday that the club should admit women. Controversy has been brewing over the club's membership policies because IBM, whose CEO traditionally gets a membership in the club, has a female leader for the first time, and she seems not to have been offered membership yet. "I'm not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify -- my golf game is not that good, but certainly if I were a member and if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, but of course I'd have women in Augusta. Sure," Romney said according to CBS News.
In this, the Republican frontrunner is in agreement with President Obama. White House Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the president "personally" thinks the club should admit women, giving reporters an excuse to see where other presidential candidates stand. Perhaps you were expecting Romney to mark another point of disagreement with Obama, or to stick up for private enterprise, or something, but, really, why wouldn't Romney take this position? Whereas IBM's remained mum on the topic, perhaps for fear of harming their sponsor status, Romney's probably not worried about alienating the business community that populates and sponsors the Master's tournament. He is however, looking to win over some female voters. At any rate, we've at least found one point where Romney and Obama won't be sparring should they face off in a general election debate: country club politics.
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