The midterm elections are less than two weeks away and all signs point to big gains for the Republican party. With the majority of women often casting their vote for Democrats, one Fox News host has an idea for how Republicans can get around that problem.
The voting gap among women is large when it comes to whether they vote for Democrats or Republicans. In the 2012 Presidential election, female voters supported President Obama by 12 points over his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. With the Republican party running on policies that are seen as “anti-women” to many, female voters tend to push away from the conservative view point and side more with the Democrats who are more open to progressive views.
This topic was discussed on the October 22 edition of “The Five” on Fox News. Co-host Greg Gutfeld spoke about the “War on Women” that Democrats creatively label the Republican policies toward females. “Married women tend to be more conservative, but that also correlates with age. And with age comes wisdom,” Gutfeld said, before noting that “it’s a known fact that the older you get the more conservative you get,” referring to how young single women seem to vote.
Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle fired back in agreement, adding that “it’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it!” Gutfeld spoke about how young single women vote heavily in favor of Democrats, to which Guilfoyle responded, noting that many young women aren’t responsible enough to handle their civic duties, like voting or sitting on a jury, and that some should be “excused” from doing so all together.
“They are not in that same like life experience, of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.”
Co-host Bob Beckel disagreed, saying that women have a civic duty to do so. In response, Guilfoyle said that while they might have a civic duty, some should be excused “so they can they can go back on Tinder or Match.com.” The panel had a laugh before the segment came to a close shortly after.
The 2014 midterm elections will be held on November 4, and if the Republicans gain enough seats in the Senate, they will have full control over both houses of Congress. According to Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com, Republicans have a 66 percent of gaining the Senate majority, compared to the only 34 percent chance that the Democrats will remain in control. If the Democrats are going to hold on to the Senate, they will have to hope that women will turn out as strong as they did just two years ago.
Update 10/23/2014 5:35pm:
Guilfoyle clarified her remarks on the 10/23 edition of ” The Five,” stating that her comments were taken out of context and that she takes the right to vote very seriously.