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Masters 2012: Obama says women should be admitted to the Augusta National golf club in Georgia

With the GOP hemorrhaging support among women voters, the president takes the opportunity to voice support for women in a sporting and social controversy.

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President Obama speaks Thursday during a bill signing in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama campaign know the Republicans are losing ground among women voters.

Did they sense an opportunity?

The White House today chose to intervene in the controversy over whether the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, which is currently holding the Masters tournament this week, should admit women, according to Politico.

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“The president’s answer to this question is ‘yes.’ His personal opinion is that women should be admitted to the club,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was quoted as saying.

Women may only play as guests at the exclusive club. This year’s sponsor, IBM, is headed by a woman, Virginia “Ginni” Rometty. The sponsor is traditionally invited but Rometty has not been given a membership.

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According to CNN, Augusta National has faced calls to admit Rometty and offer her its traditional member’s club jacket but the chairman of the club has not dodged the issue.

"All issues of membership are now and have historically been subject to the private deliberation of members," Billy Payne was quoted as saying yesterday.

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