GOP's New Weapon: Younger, Conservative Women

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," June 21, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Did the Democrats have the women's vote all tied up? Is the Republican Party anti-women? That's what some Democrats say. A group of women freshmen House members has a different idea. One is Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Is the GOP anti-women?

REP. KRISTI NOEM, R-S.D.: No. In fact we are very pro women and pro man. We care about the same things that every other woman in this country cares about. They want jobs so they can take care of their families.

VAN SUSTEREN: You gave a speech about the GOP and women. Why?

NOEM: We wanted to push back on what the Democratic Party has been saying. Think that been saying we've not taken on the issues women care about. We wanted to push back and show maybe they are concerned because we won the women's vote in the last election and they are trying to get it back and spread untruths about us. We care about the economy, children's future, and making sure we have policies that good for our country.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why do you think some think the GOP has been not the party for women? Is it abortion issue?

NOEM: There's been a lot of spin in the past. A lot of times the women that were speaking like to spin the facts to make it seem we were anti-women when the Republican Party has always stood up for men and women and equal opportunity and the fact that we all care about the great things of this country. So perhaps we've let them spin this too long and we are pushing back.

VAN SUSTEREN: When Lynne Cheney was married, her husband was the vice president, she was a colleague of mine at another network. We went through a list. I said are you for equal wages, I said at the end, you are a feminist. She stopped and she said, no. She said that word has been hijacked by the left. Are you a feminist? What is a feminist?

NOEM: I would never call myself a feminist. I don't know what that word means any more. It has been hijacked. To different people I means different things. I grew up on a farm and did everything that the guys did. I had the same opportunities they did. They could drive the tractors I drove them too. I never saw a difference in men and women growing up in South Dakota. So I don't understand why when you get into politics there's this big separation and everyone is trying to declare themselves a feminist. We are all pro women and we all want the same opportunities the men have and we can have them.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are there issues women care about differently more or less than the men?

NOEM: I think it is good to reflect the population of this country. There's a different perspective that women can bring. We probably feel things deeper that we have more experience with. I think everybody would say that. Life experiences make you who you are. Week speak deeper into whip health care. We can speak deep near fighting for that fair wage. We can give a different perspective. That's important.

But as far as caring about issues, at the end of the day we all group wanting opportunities. We wanted this country to stay the way it was when we grew up, and that's what we're fighting for.

VAN SUSTEREN: So who got the women's vote in the last presidential election?

NOEM: The Democrats did then, but this last time the Republicans got the women's vote. I think that's yes where seeing push-back. We've seen they've gotten concerned that women recognize -- at home women pay the bills, balance the checkbooks. You can't continue to spend money you don't have a lot of that resonates with women back home, and that's why they identify with the Republican Party.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there a strategy? The nine of you freshmen women, is there a strategy, full speed ahead, let's get the women's vote and steal it from the Democrats?

NOEM: I think we are going after every vote. We are definitely out there being active. We are not going to sit in the background and not partake in the discussion.

Kathy Rogers has organized a lot of these Republican women and getting us together. We did a special on the House floor tonight talking about what a Republican woman is. Hopefully a lot of people will watch and see we represent the population and what they want to accomplish. We've gotten organized in making sure our voices are going to be out there.

VAN SUSTEREN: We'll be watching. It is going to be an interesting political season. It's nice to see you.

NOEM: Good to see you, too.