Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the likely Republican presidential nominee, was joined by about a dozen women who own small businesses at Exhibit Edge, an exhibit design firm in Chantilly, Va., outside Washington, The Hill reported. The event appeared to have a triple purpose -- to campaign on the economy and to make a pitch for women's votes, doing both of these in an important swing state.
"Americans are tired of being tired of this economy and this president, and they want a real change," Romney said.
Romney said Obama's is the most "anti-business administration" since President Jimmy Carter's. He said imposing a minimum tax on high-income taxpayers -- the "Buffet rule" -- and passing labor laws more protective of unions would be bad for small business.
"Democrats say they like a strong economy. They just don't like business very much and you see the economy is made up of nothing but business and so we have to encourage entrepreneurs. I will make America a great place for entrepreneurs again, for small business, for women-owned business, for men-owned business," Romney said.
Ann Romney introduced her husband, the Los Angeles Times reported. She said the couple know "what women can do."