September 3rd, 2008
08:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Gergen: Women Come to the RNC Podium

 Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina speaking at the RNC tonight.

Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina speaking at the RNC tonight.

It's good to see that the Republicans tonight are featuring more women at the podium, starting with Meg Whitman of E-Bay and Carly Fiorina, who was portrayed as the most powerful woman in America while she was CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Later on, of course, we will hear from Sarah Palin in the second most important speech of the convention - a story for a bit later.

The Republicans have gotten less credit than they deserve for trying to recruit more women and minorities in recent years. Bob Dole, just on CNN, was one of those who promoted them. George W. Bush, unbeknownst to almost everyone, was the second president to have white males as a minority in his first cabinet - second to Bill Clinton.

Given that, it is surprising how women and minorities are such a smallish proportion of the GOP delegates here compared to the Democratic convention. According to a New York Times survey of all delegates, women represent about one-third of the GOP delegates while women were about half of all Democratic delegates. Minorities represent 9 percent of the delegates in St. Paul compared to about 37 percent in Denver.

Interesting. What do you think?

soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    hmm.. ok I get it. The Reublicans are saying these powerful women are going to help make their case for "change". Let me see.. change for whos pockets?.. the shareholders? I thought John McCain and this convention was about putting country first.. but whos country is it? I dont want to hear about the nuclear power issue, we all know it takes at least 4 yrs to add one plant to the 104 that already exit. What about solar, wind, and natural gas?.. How exactly is a John McCain administration specifically going to create, rather than export jobs? And drilling offshore is NOT going to reduce the price we pay at the pump.. it WILL put more money in the pockets of BIG OIL as they trade it on the world market. And Mit Romney touts about family values.. well we can debate what he values because during the primaries he said one thing; and now at the convention he is saying another. A flip-flopper if I ever heard one. A woman shouuld be paid the same but he wont say it because he knows John McCain has voted against equal pay, increases in the minimum wage, and voted for a war that produced NO WMD's..but it did produce over 4,000 American dead! And these men and women come back to their country after being wounded and get the Potomac-two-step in their care! One veteran I know told me that he can't find work, can't get the health care he needs. and John McCain and his Republican diatoms want me to vote for him.. hmmm.. I tell him to SHOW me something more than his words.. I, like many independents want to hear SPECIFICALLY what he will do and how his economic plan WILL restore America as an economic power rather than the punching bag it's become. Remember, that saying during the GHB's administration.."it IS the Economy STUPID!"?

    September 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Vic

    Looks like Palin will resign sooner than we thought – the Enquirer has a huge story on her this week and several more to come.
    They say she had an affair with her husbands business partner.
    Check it out.

    September 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. sam

    Carly Fiorina is an unqualified hack that did little more than exploit H1-B visas and then get fired for incompetence.

    Oh wait, she's the perfect Republican.

    September 3, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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