I think that Republicans care more about gaining political power and keeping their tax status under taxed instead of necessarily caring about the average American. For an example, Mitt Romney has said that there are "safety nets" for the less fortunate as if government is not needed to help open jobs and reduce unemployment.
Just recently in a conversation with Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney stated that he knew NASCAR team owners instead of actually knowing the drivers themselves. Just as GMA stated, that statement from Mitt Romney showed that he was not in touch with the average American helping the public remember the $10,000 bet he previously made with Rick Santorum.
Rick Santorum went a step further and had a NASCAR driver place his name on the vehicle for political advertisement. Rick Santorum does not have the capital as Mitt Romney and is more about domestic issues than what would solve those issues which is to create jobs, bring the outsourced jobs back to the United States and as aforementioned to reduce unemployment.
ABC news indicated that although family values are important; less than 3 per cent of the American voters deemed how a politician viewed family values as more important than how the politician viewed the problematic continuing issue of unemployment.