Q: In the presidential race, do you think President Clinton is counting on the gender gap too much? What does Robert Dole need to do from your perspective to close that gap?
A: The Clinton campaign is paying a lot of attention to the women's vote. The Clinton Administration has made extra efforts not only to work on the appointment of more women to policy-making positions but also at higher levels. They've also given a lot of attention to the White House office of public liaison, which has a special women's section that monitors issues for women. And the reelection campaign, a separate effort, is also working closely with women voters and women's issues. So they don't seem to be taking anything for granted--even though they have a considerable lead at this time. It is an earned lead, I believe, because of all the attention they've given.
The Republicans are now making specific efforts of their own. They have a lot of catch-up to do. Certain parts of the Republican Party are very aware that this could make a significant difference for them--to attract more women voters and supporters. We'll see Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison [R-Tex.] at the forefront promoting Dole. It remains to be seen how much they will use Liddy Dole herself, who is an excellent spokesperson and who can do a lot to attract more women voters.