Monday, January 07, 2008
Will Women Vote for Hillary?
-- Randi Kaye, "360" Correspondent

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - I came to New Hampshire to talk to women. I came to ask them what they think of Hillary Clinton. How they feel about Barack Obama. Which way they plan to vote?

Younger women snubbed Clinton in Iowa, handing Obama 50% of their votes and Clinton just 14%. Could the same thing happen here?

Psychology professor Elizabeth Ossoff from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, has studied women's behavior. She says younger women haven't experienced the same sexism as their grandmothers, so they really don't feel the urgency or the importance of electing a woman president. Ossoff says some women feel more comfortable with women in traditional roles. A president wearing a skirt in the oval office just doesn't sit with them as well as a woman in the kitchen.

I talked with two Salem, N.H., residents today. Karen Guiliano and Allison Mundry were staunch Clinton supporters until Karen decided to vote for Obama. Check out the picture of what she calls her "obama-tible" snowman, displayed proudly in her front yard. She likes his "integrity" and his "transparency." And she likes his push to bring people together.

Professor Ossoff says women are relationship-oriented and like it when everyone gets along, so this plays right into the women's vote. So what if anything can Hillary Clinton do to sway women voters here in New Hampshire? Some suggest she be more candid, more emotional, more spontaneous.

She nearly got emotional at a New Hampshire coffee shop today while talking with undecided voters. How would you advise Mrs. Clinton?
Posted By CNN: 7:52 PM ET
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I think women not wanting to support Hillary may have more to do with not supporting her politics than anything else. There's no reason to support anyone- regardless of their gender or race- if we don't believe in what he or she stands for.
Posted By Anonymous Diane - Providence, RI : 9:17 PM ET
Interesting piece this evening. I disagree that women in my generation have not had to endure significant discrimination and therefore we don't see the importance of electing a woman for President. For me the important question is not "Do we want a woman for a President?" but "Is Hillary is the right woman for the job?" I say no. I wish I had a more eloquent way to say this but I don’t want the stereotypical “ball breaker”. I want the woman who is both competent and relatable. Electing the wrong person to the Presidency for the sake of being the first female President is more disastrous than waiting for the right candidate to lead our country.
Posted By Anonymous Amy Columbus OH : 11:01 PM ET
sammie,chicago il...are obama's followers aware of his "speech writer"? obama's writer is a brilliant political speech writer
(d.axelrod of chgo.) and it is truly important to look closely at obama, who purchased his current house and shared the property with a known, indicted individual. obama has changed his views several times and is parading his children & wife at a very early
point. this is not a dark-skinned john kennedy -- this is a man who has jesse jackson jr. (ill. congressman) arguing with his father, operation push director, about the merits and demerits of obama being a president. he has
"turned on" the young and innocent,
who seemingly do not realize his lack of experience and his expanding vanity. he has been cruel and rude to hilary, and could not look her in the face when he said "you're friendly enough, hilary" -- a failed apology for his lack of sensitivity. initially, i was an obama fan, and they both said they were going to keep their children out of the campaign so the "kids" could have a normal home life in chicago - now the obamas seem to
try to mimic john and jackie kennedy - no comparison! with experience and more humility, in the future, he may be a good president, BUT HILARY SHOULD MAINTAIN HER STAND AND FIGHT FOR THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE IN HER AND SEE HER AS A RESPONSIBLE LEADER.
how many international leaders are going to welcome and work with obama, as they would with hilary?
get it on, hilary -- we need you, believe in you, and will vote for you.
Posted By Anonymous sunbum : 1:36 AM ET
Psychology professor Elizabeth Ossoff is completely off the mark in her analysis. Diane and Amy's assessments above are more in line with the majority view. This story was one-sided, somewhat offensive and just plain stupid. Come on CNN! You should be doing better than this!
Posted By Anonymous ebony - phoenix, az : 1:46 AM ET
This election should not be determined on gender or race which is what I am afraid is going to happen. People really need to look at the issues and what is the
candidates stand on those issues before casting their vote. If H C
is more in tune with what I believe
is best for our country then I have
no problem voting for her, I just hope the fact that she is female will not discourage others for voting for her
Posted By Anonymous Barb-Dalton ga : 3:00 AM ET
HI Randi, I found the segment with the two women interesting however something one of them said upset me. She said that she thinks some women are not ready for a fellow woman to be our President. It disturbs me to believe that a woman who grew up in America during recent times could possibly be so ignorant about her own kind. Really, a woman thinking a woman to be incapable, how could this be. I do believe this could be true; I have heard crazier things but how sad. Ofcourse I plan on voting for Hillary Clinton because I feel she will make a good President never would of vote for her because she is a woman...
Posted By Anonymous jacqui Chan Jacqui Chan : 5:07 AM ET
Dr. Ossoff raises an interesting point that women of today may not experience the same level of sexism as their grandmothers. However, what is the "urgency of having a woman in the White House"? Touche, Ossoff is correct, woman don't feel the urgency and perhaps are more interested in character, integrity, and personality rather than gender, despite Mrs. Clinton's statement that having a woman in the White House is a change... Change for the sake of change in this case won't change anything.
Posted By Anonymous Jaco, Manchester, NH : 4:36 PM ET
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