Working Women Leery of Palin

Female solidarity aside, it's the economy, stupid —and Obama's feeling their pain
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2008 12:11 PM CDT
For many working class women voters, everyday concerns like rising food and gas prices and record-high unemployment trump the pull of Palin's gender.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Working-class women may decide who makes it to the White House, and while Sarah Palin piqued the interest of many undecideds, her gender isn’t enough to override their main concerns over soaring food and gas prices, unaffordable health care, and record-high unemployment. The Los Angeles Times takes the pulse of blue-collar women in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

“I wanted Hillary to win so bad, but I saw Sarah, and it just didn't work for me,” said a $10.50-an-hour cook, who worries about sending her daughter to college. "I have no retirement. Obama understands it's the economy. He knows how we live." One waitress dubbed Palin “the perfect candidate,” but decided to vote for whoever addressed gas prices first. “And—I’ll be danged—it was Obama,” she told the LA Times.