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In past elections, political analysts talked about the importance of wooing soccer moms. Years later, the term "security moms" entered the political vernacular. And now, in an iVillage interview, Andrea Mitchell, one of NBC's leading political correspondents and host of her own show on MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell Reports, says 2010 may be the year of a new crucial voting bloc: "angry" and "ticked off" moms and non-moms.
Asked by iVillage's Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace about which group of women voters might hold sway on Election Day, Mitchell responded, "I just think the angry moms -- the ticked off moms -- and non-moms, the women who just want to come out and say I want to be heard."
Mitchell took time away from her non-stop schedule, hosting a daily show, reporting for NBC Nightly News and Today, appearances on MSNBC's Morning Joe and election rehearsals to talk politics with iVillage and covered a host of issues:
The 2010 Elections
Mitchell says 2010 is definitely not "The Year of the Woman," predicting women will likely hold fewer seats in the next Congress than in the previous one -- the first time that has happened since 1978.
The Tea Party
Mitchell says it's here to stay but could pose problems for established Republican lawmakers in Washington who disagree with the conservative movement's agenda.
Sarah Palin for President?
Mitchell says the former vice presidential candidate is sending signals that she's "leaning toward wanting to test the waters" for the presidency in 2012. "I think she tasted it and once you get that bug, it's very hard to get rid of it."
On President Obama
Mitchell says White House advisers ought to be more worried than perhaps they are about mounting criticism that the president is out of touch. "I don't think they quite realize how much trouble they are in going forward."
Mitchell, who says she's passionate about voting, talked about how during her days as a reporter in Philadelphia her name was sometimes stricken from the voting rolls because she was known as a challenging journalist. She says everyone should vote -- even choose "none of the above" – an actual option on the Nevada ballots, she added. "Just participate."
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