Heidi Montag: 2011 Honorable Mention — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

HONORABLE MENTION: Heidi Montag, 24, came to prominence with her starring role on the MTV reality series The Hills from 2006 to 2010. The majority of the episodes followed the life of her former friend and housemate Lauren Conrad. In April 2009 she married the other co-star, Spencer Pratt.
Her brother was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and died in March of 2008. Montag supported John McCain in 2008, and the GOP’s Carly Fiorina for the U.S. Senate in 2010.
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Angie Harmon: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Angie Harmon, 38, addressed the 2004 Republican National Convention as well as events to raise funds for GOP senatorial and gubernatorial candidates. She was active in the 2008 McCain/Palin presidential campaign.
She is best known for her role on the long-running NBC series “Law & Order”, and the “Baywatch” program. She has appeared on the covers of ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire.
She is married to former NY Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn, and they have three daughters. His 1998 marriage proposal was a surprise because he did it infront of Jay Leno and a national TV audience on “The Tonight Show.”
She says “One of the great things about the Republican Party is understanding and acceptance. We don’t point fingers and we have class. . . Democrats are not tolerant.
“If you do not buy into everything they say, they have no use for you. If you are not buying into what they’re selling you, it is like you’re some dumb hick who doesn’t deserve to live here anymore. But with the Republicans, it is like okay I want to know what you know, you want to know what I know, great lets go have a beer after work, and we’re still friends.”
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Dana Perino: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Dana Perino was the last White House Press Secretary during the Bush Administration. She was the first Republican and the second woman to hold that post.
When he announced her appointment, former President George W. Bush said: “Dana is a smart, capable person who is able to spell out the issues of the day in a way that people listening on TV can understand. Dana is somebody who will walk into the Oval Office and give me sound judgment and good advice.”
Perino, 39, is now a contributor to Fox News, appearing regularly on Hannity and Fox and Friends. Her articles also appear regularly in National Review. In addition, she is a founder of “Minute Mentoring,” an organization focused on giving professional guidance to young women starting their careers.
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Elizabeth Hasselbeck: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Elizabeth Hasselbeck has been a co-host of ABC-TV’s “The View” for the past 8 years. She is a Daytime Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Talk Show Host.” In 2009, she was chosen as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time. In July, 2009 Forbes ranked “The View” #11 among “30 of the Most Influential Women in Media.”
Her husband is a former quarterback for the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Buffalo Bills, and they have three children.
Hasselbeck, 34, is on the frontline every day defending the conservative cause on live TV. She confronts an often hostile audience, and four colleagues who always disagree with her.
One reason the program receives high ratings is because of her frequent clashes with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. They both walked off stage during an interview with Bill O’Reilly when he joined Hasselbeck in opposing the Ground Zero Mosque. TV Guide described her exchanges with Goldberg/Behar as a “screamfest.” She has also personally invited conservative leaders such as Michelle Malkin to appear on the program.
Hasselbeck spoke at a 2008 rally for Sarah Palin and was the host of a fundraising reception at the 2008 GOP convention. She also addressed the 2004 Republican convention.
She interviewed President Obama and criticized his wife for not allowing press questions. Hasselbeck said the press was not “muzzled” when Laura Bush was First Lady.
Hasselbeck is a strong advocate of the Ryan plan to reduce the defict by $6.2 trillion, and she believes the way to revive economic growth is through abolishing burdensome regulations and a 10% cut of corporate taxes. She says America has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, and our rates are higher than communist China or the socialist nations of Europe.
Canada will have a 15% rate next year. She continues to defend John McCain, and says if he had been elected there would have been no stimulus, Obamacare or $4 trillion added to the debt.
Hasselbeck describes herself as a conservative on national security and economic issues, but not social issues. She is pro-choice and supports gay marriage.
Rush Limbaugh praised her for taking on prominent liberals such as Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Moore. Her debate with O’Donnell on the merits of the Iraq war received national attention.
Moore told her American troops should never have entered Afghanistan and the war was of “no value.” When Moore questioned why are we in Kazakhstan, Hasselbeck pointed out that their government “has allowed us to secure 10 metric tons of highly enriched uranium and 3 metric tons of plutonium. That is enough to make 775 nuclear weapons.”
The last shipment of highly enriched uranium is now stored in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Oak Ridge is also the home of Libya’s former nuclear weapons stockpile, and Saddam Hussein’s yellowcake.
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Angela McGlowan 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Angela McGlowan, 41, is a conservative commentator who is best known for battling liberals on The O’Reilly Factor. She previously served on the staffs of GOP Senators Bob Dole (KS) and Jon Ensign (NV), as well as Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD). She was Miss DC in the 1994 Miss USA contest, and her book, “BAMBOOZLED: How Americans Are Being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda,” made the best sellers list.
Despite strong endorsements from Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity and national Tea Party organizations, McGlowan was not successful in her 2010 Congressional campaign. She nevertheless believes there will be a black Republican breakthrough.
McGlowan points to Ohio where George W. Bush won 16% of the black vote in 2004. It was enough for his statewide victory margin and secured his re-election. If Republicans are able to capture 20% of the black vote nationwide, the GOP would become the permanent majority party.
After her appearance on the Fox Business program “Scorecard” yesterday, McGlowan went to her website: “The downgrade of the US credit rating will have catastrophic effects. Now, more than ever, people should want change. Mr. President, it’s time for you to go. . .
“Obama is arrogant and outrageous. He never had a plan for the debt ceiling crisis and only wanted to raise taxes. His criticism of Republicans is out of line and out of touch. He needs a dose of reality and a one-way ticket back to Chicago.”
Her favorite quote is from Ronald Reagan: “Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face.”
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Kate Obenshain: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Kate Obenshain, 45, is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia , and previously served as Chief of Staff for then Senator George Allen (R-VA). She is a UVA graduate and the mother of four children. Her brother is a State Senator and her late father was also the GOP State Chairman.
This is from the August 2011 “Elle” magazine article “The Best and the Rightest.”
“Last winter, conservative activist Kate Obenshain came to Smith to give a speech titled ‘The Failures of Feminism.’ While roughly 50 people lined the walls in silence wearing placards that read ‘Feminist,’ Obenshain left Smith convinced that her detractors had been edified, if not converted. ‘What surprised them was that I was willing to give some ground,’ Obenshain says. ‘I used to think there was no such thing as sexism.
‘Well, there is. But it comes from both sides. Sarah Palin has withstood tremendous sexism from flaming leftists. But I distinguish with students between offensive or irritating sexism, and illegal sexual harassment. There are times when we have to absolutely stand up, and other times when we have to blow past it.’
“As an example of ‘an irritant,’ Obenshain cites frat boys yelling out rude comments to girls. ‘The radical feminists say you have to make a big deal about every incident and sue the university; that’s ridiculous. Don’t walk by the frats when the boys are hanging out drunk!
‘These young women are suffering,’ continues Obenshain, who is on the college-lecture circuit under the auspices of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, a Virginia-based non-profit that promotes conservative women’s networking and leadership.
‘The feminists have told them they have the same needs and wants as men. They don’t get asked out on dates; guys just hook up with them, and they wake up the next day and realize they were used. I have girls coming up to me crying, saying, ‘Thank you so much for making it okay for me to have a different set of values than what I’m taught.’”
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Barbara Bush: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Barbara Bush, 30, is the eldest daughter of former President George W. Bush. She is an honors graduate of Yale University and lives in Greenwich Village. She is a registered Republican and addressed the 2004 GOP convention.
She addressed rallies in every 2004 swing state, including 10 stops in Ohio which decided the election.
After graduating college, she worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and for UNICEF in Botswana. She has visited 17 African nations on behalf of the World Food Program, and has assisted her mother with the $75 million Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon campaign to offer cervical cancer care and breast cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Barbara Bush has written several articles on the importance of nutrition in less developed nations. She serves on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International and UNICEF.
Bush worked at the Cooper Hewitt Museum for two years before launching the ambitious Global Health Corps in 2008. She is its founder and CEO. The Corps dispatches young professionals to work in clinics in poor communities—from Rwanda to Newark, New Jersey. Bush has personally spent months working in Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana.
She says her generation is stepping forward to serve, and “It’s addictive to be in a field where you can change lives.” And the world has noticed: “What Barbara and her mother have accomplished for global health and development is fabulous,” says Helene Gayle, M.D., president of the antipoverty group CARE. “They are quite a team.”
The former President supports gay civil unions, but Barbara agrees with her mother and former Vice President Dick Cheney who both support gay marriage. She appeared in a 22 second TV ad and said “I’m Barbara Bush, and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality, and everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.”
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