As CafeMom’s election correspondent, I’ve spent months traveling across the country, talking to moms about the upcoming election and the issues that matter most to them.
The bottom line? They’re not happy.
Across the board, moms believe that politicians on Capitol Hill aren’t listening to them and don’t understand what it’s like for the average American family to try to make ends meet. Moms are sick of the bickering and lack of compromise in Washington, and a growing number of mothers are tired of both parties in general. They say they vote on the person, not the party, and they simply want to see politicians on both sides of the aisle work together to get things done.
Judging from the moms we’ve talked to over the last year, the Republican Party in particular has a lot of work to do in order to convince America’s moms that it represents all of them — including the legions of moms who don’t fit what seems to be the party mold and are not white or married, nor are they stay-at-home mothers.
CafeMom has partnered with HLN at the Republican National Convention to talk to a panel of Republican moms and find out what the GOP and Mitt Romney need to do in order to win the confidence and, more importantly, the votes of America’s mothers.
HLN’s political correspondent Kyra Phillips and I will be talking with three moms who are very active within the Republican Party:
Laura Bridgewater, a Mormon delegate from Utah. She’s also a mother of four and professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology at Brigham Young University.
Marsha Blackburn, a staunch Tea Party Republican representing the 7th district of Middle Tennessee, as well as a mother and grandmother.
These moms insist that the GOP best represents the interests of American moms by giving them freedom to raise their children, start businesses and be financially successful without taxes and regulations dragging them down. They also have some motherly advice on how Mitt Romney can better relate to the moms of America.
Hear what they have to say coming up this week on HLNTV.com and CafeMom.com/MomsMatter.