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Obama, Romney agree: All-male Augusta golf club should allow women (+video)

Obama and Romney speak out for women at Augusta National golf club. The New York Times golf writer says she won't cover another Masters tournament until women become club members.

President Obama doesn't agree with Augusta National ban on women members, says his press secretary.
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 President Barack Obama says that women should be admitted as members to the all-male Augusta National, home of the Masters, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama's "personal opinion is that women should be admitted" to the golf club. Carney said it was "up to the club to decide" but Obama told him he personally thinks women should be welcome.

"We're kind of long past the time when women should be excluded from anything," Carney said.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Obama's likely challenger in the autumn election, said "of course" he would allow women in "if I could run Augusta."

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"Of course. I am not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify. My golf game is not that good," Romney said at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania. "If I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, of course I'd have women."

One of the club's longtime sponsors, IBM, has a new female CEO, Virginia Rometty. The last four CEOs at IBM, all male, have been invited to be members. Should IBM fight for women to become members? Is that what shareholders want?

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