Security Moms Take Center Stage

Women voters with young children are being targeted by both parties in these final days of the 2004 election. The appeal is to the mom’s sense of responsibility for their children’s safety in the years ahead.

Megan Stan is a mother of two but she had just one thing on her mind when she cast an early vote.

"Oh, I’m definitely a security mom. I’m actually a furloughed pilot for American Airlines, so I saw my fellow pilots and flight attendants run into the New York buildings."

Security has been taking center stage for both parties in the final stretch. A Tallahassee rally attended by the Bush twin daughters heard Jenna Bush appeal to women’s sense of security.

“We do care about the kind of country we are building for our future."

On the other side there’s a group of military wives and mothers who are finishing a six-week tour of Swing States like Florida. Their message is that John Kerry will keep the country and their sons or husbands safer.

Lisa Leitz is a Navy wife taking part in the campaign and says, “So I’ve been able to talk with wives on my base, some people are voting for their first Democrat ever, some of them are still voting for Bush but are really weary about it and haven’t gone to the polls yet. They are still waiting for a real reason."

While voters say there are a lot of motivations for being here this is the first time the domestic security has been part of the mix. Many voters like Paula Lyle told us that yes, security is important, but so are other things.

"We are a military family, so we look at a lot of things that benefit of course the military. I believe that everybody votes are their perspective."

By the time Election Day comes up to two million clearly motivated Floridians are expected to have cast early or absentee ballots. The fight for the White House has driven voter registration levels in Florida to an all-time high. More than 10 million Floridians have signed up to vote.


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