JMU Political Science Prof. Discusses Ann Romney's Sway on Female Voters

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY, Va -- Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, spoke at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night in Tampa. Her words showed a more personal side to Mitt Romney, but James Madison University Political Science Professor Bob Roberts said this will not have much of an effect on voters.

Roberts said President Barack Obama generally has more votes from women, but his female voters are between the ages of 18 and 30, college educated and many of them are not married.

Roberts said Ann Romney's speech was aimed at an older generation of women and will not pull many of President Obama's female voters away.

"She was emphasizing her kids, her family. That he's a wonderful homemaker. And that's going to appeal more to the older group of women, verses the younger group of women. So that's what they were trying to do. Not to try to swing a large number of votes," said Roberts.

Roberts said more people like President Obama, but the race is close. He said "likeability" does not determine who will be the next president.

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