With greater participation rates than men, women also make up the majority of voters. In a country whose electorate is narrowly divided, every swing vote counts, and moderate women - especially married, suburban women - constitute a large swing voting block that could make or break the election. Bush's challenge is to woo as many as he possibly can. But that will take some doing. In the election, Bush, promising to "restore civility" in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, ran on a "W Stands for Women" pledge.
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As for George W. Bush, we are left to wonder: Was he expressing his true views on that stage in Indiana, or acting out of political calculation? Those who served in his administration tell stark stories of what that ambivalence meant in practice, of a White House where the personal was at times strikingly at odds with the political. For some of his gay aides, it was a struggle to reconcile the decency they usually saw up close with the frequent reminders, both large and small, that theirs was a party very publicly committed to the view that they were not entitled to the same legal protections as other Americans.