Actually, Willard “Mitt” Romney needs much more than that, but let’s take one thing at a time.

As Romney steams toward the Re­publican presidential nomination, his campaign is vetting vice presidential possibilities. It is the most important choice he will make before the Republican convention in Tampa. Why not a woman?

In the 2012 election, women will be the deciders. But so far, women aren’t warming up to Willard. A recent USA Today/Gallup Poll found a “yawning gender gap” in the presidential campaign. In its swing states survey, women voters favored Obama over Romney, 54 percent to 36 percent.

The poll was taken March 20-26 in the 12 top swing states, including the key battlegrounds of Florida, Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin. Among women, Obama leads Rom­ney by 18 points. Romney leads among men by one point.

Republicans alienated women big-time when they plunged into a debate over whether religious organizations should insure contraceptive care.