Candidates Court Mothers

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.

Megan says, "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 building."

Security has been taking center stage for both parties in the final stretch. A rally attended by the Bush twins appealed heavily to other women’s sense of security.

First Daughter Jenna says, "We do care about the kind of country we are building for our future."

These military wives and mothers are finishing a six-week tour of Swing States. Their message is that John Kerry will keep the country and their sons or husbands safer.

Lisa Leitz, a Navy wife, 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 says security is important, but so are other things.

Paula Lyle says, "We are a military family so we look at a lot of things that benefit of course the military. I believe that everybody’s 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.