Suburban women may hold White House key

Created: October 19, 2020 05:13 PM

Lines are being drawn in the suburban sand of Pennsylvania and other battleground states where both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are vying for a coveted voting bloc: suburban women.

"I think Donald Trump has a problem with all women. He definitely has a problem with suburban women," Jamie Perrapato, executive director of the group Turn PA Blue said.

In recent weeks, the president has held rallies focused on the suburbs urging suburban women to support his campaign and help give him four more years.

It's part of an effort to fire up a conservative base that Trump will have to turn out to secure the electoral votes needed to retain the White House.

"I'm supporting him because I feel that his base fundamentals is rooted in American history and what our forefathers wanted to build for America," Suzanne Blades said.

Blades who lives in the Philadelphia suburbs is focused on generating support for Trump and other Republican candidates in Pennsylvania.

This coveted voting bloc, the storied "soccer moms" in suburbia, have turned on Republicans under Trump's reign, and many more were roused from political indifference to determined activism.

"I was never frightened about the future of our country from an economic standpoint, from health and welfare of our community and from an environmental standpoint,"  Michele Vaughn said.

Vaughn heads the Chester County Democratic Women's Leadership Initiative, a group committed to getting more women involved in politics.

She believes Trump has "no boundaries" and will do anything  to achieve "whatever greed and special interests he's in the corner of."

Irene Markert lives in Berks County Pennsylvania and voted for Trump in 2016.

Markert runs a roadside stall that sells Trump campaign merchandise.

"I truly believe in President Trump bringing forward women. Even more so than previous presidents and not holding them back," Markert said.

Trump will need the support of women like Markert and Blades in states where republicans who voted for him have had a change of heart.

Shawna Jensen lives in Fort Worth Texas and voted for the president in 2016.

She feels voting it was a mistake to have voted for Trump.

"I feel if there's a wrong, I need to right it. And I was wrong in voting for him in 2016. And so I want to make it right," Jensen said.

70 year-old Patricia Green who moved to central Pennsylvania from Maryland in 2017 calls her decision "a no brainer for me in terms of who to vote for."

"The civility is not present," Green said.

"That's very important to me. And I don't see the compassion. I see self-interest motivated behavior. We are one America and we should all be treated like you promised."

Green did not vote for Trump in 2016 but feels "for those who voted for him the first time to me he owes a commitment to them as well."  

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