The Women of the RNC
They come from different regions of the country, yet they all have the same message: wake up, Republicans. The Democrats and the Obama administration are waging a campaign to paint the Republican Party and Mitt Romney as "anti-women." Newsmax reported that female voters appear to be turning away from Romney and Republicans in favor of the president. American Thinker caught up with prominent Republican congresswomen and governors to get their opinions on what Republicans need to do to bridge this important gender gap.
Ann Romney convention's speech was a home run. She appealed to the sorority of women: "It's the moms of this nation, single, married, widowed, who really hold this country together -- the mothers, we're the wives, we're the grandmothers, we're the big sisters, we're the little sisters, we're the daughters..." All interviewed agreed with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer that the speech was fabulous in its attempt to attract women into the Republican fold. The governor believes that women must be "embraced, and this speech was a start to spread the word. We need to invite women into the Republican Party and show them we are the party of the family, the party concerned about the future. This is something every woman is concerned about."
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA) told American Thinker that the Republican Party needs to have a proactive plan to capture the female vote. "I want the Republican Party to step up to the plate. We need to be aggressive. We are afraid of the female vote because of the abortion issue. We must give women incentives to go to the polls and vote Republican. We think they will vote against us, so we don't encourage them to vote. We have a good message, but if we don't change our tune, we are going to lose the women, and it will become unreachable for us in the future."
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) agrees and points out that recent statistics are favorable to the Republicans. Married women prefer to vote Republican, and in 2010, the Republicans won the women's vote -- the first time since Ronald Reagan. "This panicked Democrats like Wasserman Schultz, Nancy Pelosi, and my Senator Patty Murray because it showed [that] women were starting to look at the Republican Party. In actuality, women fired the first female Speaker of the House because they did not like the direction the Democrats were taking this country."
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin believes that it is the kitchen table issues that women are concerned about: being able to find good jobs, creating the right business climate, keeping jobs in America, and making sure there is a strong emphasis on education. She is hoping that Republicans continue hammering home the point that "mothers should not have to worry that this enormous debt will be passed on to our children and grandchildren." This is supported by an April Washington Post article that reported what female voters in the swing states stated as their top issues: health care, gas prices, unemployment, and the deficit, not abortion.
How should Republicans attract the female voters? Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) wants to point out the real differences between the parties -- that Republicans believe that more government is constraining, while the Democrats want people dependent on government. She believes that after Ann Romney was criticized by the Democrats for being only a stay-at-home mom, Republicans now have an opportunity to appeal to this one group that seems to be missing from the equation. Congresswoman Bono Mack feels that Republicans should emphasize that they are the inclusive party which does not look down on or criticize women for their choices, be they stay-at-home moms, working moms, or career moms.
Governor Brewer wants to get the message out: "stay-at-home moms are working moms. If you have children, you are a working mom, simple as that. It's a harder job because its 24/7 and you don't get a break."
Governor Fallin sees a need for a good public relations campaign, emphasizing the personal stories of Republicans. This should be easy, considering the statistics: there are a record number of Republican women serving in the House and at the state levels, and four out of six female governors are Republicans. Governor Fallin points out that in her state, Oklahoma, she was the first female elected to the offices of lieutenant governor and governor. Since elected, she has helped to "make Oklahoma one of the best business climates in the nation. There is low unemployment, at around 4.9%; the budget gap has been closed; and we cut income taxes. This helps women because they want their taxes low and to keep as much money in their pocketbooks as possible."
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen's message is that Republicans are the party of fewer taxes, less regulations, and more freedom for small business owners. She thinks getting this message out should be easy, since in American society, women make the budgetary and household decisions.
Congresswoman Bono Mack summarized it best: "I will tell you what women's issues are -- the same as men's. They want a prosperous and safe country. They want government to get out of the way to allow our economy to become prosperous again so they can have the economic opportunities to make choices. They want their children to have a better tomorrow than they have today." This will show female voters that Republicans are the party of the future, not the party of the past.