’s wife has disclosed her husband’s vice presidential search includes choosing a woman, according to Fox news.
New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte walked with Romney in a July Fourth parade together with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and former eBay CEO, who failed in her attempt to get elected governor of California when she lost to in 2010.
Each of these women have something to bring to the Republican ticket, and choosing a woman could improve Romney’s electability. According to redstate.com, Romney is trailing with the women’s vote and is weak in attracting female voters.
The top 3 most admired women in America – Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama -- all support President Obama for re-election.
Right now, Obama has the women’s vote; therefore, Romney needs to make a strategic move to recruit women to his ticket; taking a page out of John McCain’s approach book and choosing a female vice presidential running mate is the best idea.
Pickingto run on the Republican ticket could be Romney’s best move to attract conservative female voters and boost his ticket’s foreign policy experience in doing so. However, this might not attract cross-over Democrats and independent women.
is the most admired woman by Republican voters, but she has been a staunch Obama supporter and boosted his candidacy initially. Winfrey first endorsed Obama in September 2006 before he had even declared himself a candidate. In May 2007 Winfrey made her first endorsement of candidate Obama, and in December 2007, she made her first campaign appearance for him. Some economists estimate that Winfrey’s endorsement was worth more than a million votes in the Democratic primary race.
While the women who walked with Romney in the July Fourth parade do not have the following of Oprah Winfrey, they could boost his popularity.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Her website touts she is a prosecutor at heart. Kelly was the first woman to serve as the state's Attorney General. Appointed to that position in 2004 by a Republican governor, she was twice reappointed by a Democratic governor. In her first bid for public office, she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 with 60 percent of the vote. In the Senate, Kelly serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, and Small Business Committees. She is the ranking member - top Republican - on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support.
Position on Abortion and Stem Cell Research:
Budget and Economy
Energy and Oil
Social Security and Tax Reform
Favors raising the social security age for retirement.
Ayotte is in line with a conservative ticket both fiscally and socially and leaning toward less government by eliminating federal agencies and a flat tax, which has also been at the forefront with Libertarian candidates. Her foreign policy experience is limited, however, and does not bring experience to the ticket in comparison to Rice, who shares many of Ayotte's views.
Subsequent reports will focus individually on Haley, Martinez, Rice and Whitman, with a closing report on a comparison and projections.
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