A question from Wendy Cohn of Williamsburg, VA
Even though Susan Molinari is the keynote speaker, does Bob Dole
seriously believe this is enough to get women to vote for him
when his policies include cutting social programs and are anti-abortion,
anti-affirmative action and anti-family leave?
Fred Dudley - Florida
certainly don't know what Bob Dole "believes" about
Ms. Molinari as the keynote speaker; of course, she was chosen
to deliver the keynote address long before this convention started.
To me, she is an outstanding example of a dedicated public servant...someone
every American can be proud of. The fact that she is female is
only incidental to me personally. That she is a political "moderate"
demonstrates that Mr. Dole is not afraid of different ideas, and
is open to them, as did his choice of Jack Kemp to be his running
Finally, I hope women will vote for Bob Dole and Jack Kemp for
the same reasons as men: that we are all better off with less
government, less taxation, and more freedoms. Ms. Molinari exemplifies
all of these principles.
Thanks for writing, and I hope you'll be listening closely to
all of the issues.
Jim Fleming - Connecticut
Bob Dole will be elected by men and women because he
has a plan to cut taxes and to increase job growth in our country. I ask you, the average voter, what is the most important issue...
it is jobs ... jobs ... jobs. The congresswoman in my district has a
great record and she will be re-elected as a congresswomen based
on her great record. The voting public now-a-days votes for each
candidate on their own merits because they are well informed.
Nancy Johnson of Connecticut will win big and will even help to
convince voters to support Dole and Kemp based on the issues of
economic security. I am sure you will agree that women vote on
more than just the issues you mentioned. If I were Clinton, I would
worry about what women might think of some of his alleged treatment
of women when he was the Governor of Arkansas.
Natalie Meyer - Colorado
Women's issues are economic issues. Bob Dole's agenda for America
means more money in our pockets, lower taxes, income tax credits
for child care, and bottom line: an opportunity for women and
men to achieve the American Dream.
Bill Preble - AZ
Absolutely not!! Susan Molinari, nor any other individual,
performing in isolation could ever bridge any gender gap. Nor
is that the concept. She is only one person performing one function
in the middle of a host of actions, speakers, and presentations.
There is a blend of steps in the program which are doing an excellent
job of showing the commitment of the Republican Party to all elements.
The Republican leaders being featured are this blend of outstanding
men and women who are helping craft major changes in the relationship
of our government to the people. Men and women, young and old
have active parts in this 'moving ahead'. This Party has become
so broad in its makeup that all elements of our society are actively
involved in it.
As for the social programs, these are not typified by 'cuts'.
Republican budgets for the next seven years proposed 'increases',
with major changes to their implementation to require slower growth
than Clinton's proposals. Many States have already implemented
many of the changes proposed, and with excellent success. People
are being moved up and off of poverty with the changes in effect.
Michael Steele - Maryland
don't believe Bob Dole selected Susan Molinari to "close
the gender gap." Only Bob Dole can do that---if there is
such a thing. I don't think women care more about certain issues
(e.g. affirmative action, abortion) than men do. I believe these
and other issues concern all Americans. How Mr. Dole intends to
deal with them is the case he has to make to the American people.
Susan's speech will be the first step. But don't look for women
(or men) to come running to embrace the Dole/Kemp Ticket because
of what Ms. Molinari says tonight. That will only happen when
the words come from Bob Dole's mouth. Which they will. Let him
state his case and then decide. I think you will be pleasantly
Bob Welch - WI
am a pro-life, pro-affirmative action, pro-family leave Republican.
There is no gender gap on abortion, as many women are pro-life
as men are pro-life. Affirmative action is unpopular among most
Americans of either gender, because it is associated with quotas.
I and most Americans reject reverse-discrimination quotas. But
the idea of helping poor, disadvantaged children to get an even
start is supported by this platform, this party and Bob Dole.
A better question would be... Even though Bill Clinton says he
wants to reform welfare, why did he have to be forced to sign
a modest bill and why has he refused to grant Wisconsin the waivers
we need to implement welfare reform. If Bill Clinton really cares
about families and women why did he propose and design the biggest
tax increase in history which takes food from the mouths of middle
and low income families. Why does Bill Clinton refuse to balance
the budget when the national debt is today $19,000 for every girl
and boy in this nation. I think my 6th grade daughter would feel
much better about a leader who works to eliminate this millstone
and care a lot less about having some panel on glass ceilings
propose another government regulation to help her succeed. In
American we can all succeed if we work hard enough.
Dwight Adams - SD
won't be Susan Molinari speaking to the convention that will be
the primary factor in the women of America deciding how to vote
this November. Women also have concerns about taxes, a balanced
budget, family values, crime, drugs, environment - everyone does.
These are the issues when combined with questions of leadership,
character, and integrity that will be the basis of the outcome
of the election.