GOP pollster says Republicans could use expanded child care to attract independents

Republican pollster Jim Hobart said in an interview that aired on Tuesday that the GOP could use the issue of expanded child care to draw in independent voters in the next presidential election. 

"It's something that does cut across party lines," Hobart, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"Republicans are supportive of it, but independents, the voters who are likely to decide the election, they're supportive of it as well," he continued. 

Hobart used the example of the president's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump mourns dead in Ethiopian jet crash MORE's support for expanded child care. 

"Ivanka Trump has also been very out front," he said. "She's worked with Sen. [Marco] Rubio [R-Fla.] on longer, paid family leave too." 

"I think she has certainly taken this as an issue, and politically it's smart," he added. 

The issue of universal day care is playing a growing role in the Democratic presidential campaign. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Defense: Reports detail effect of transgender military ban | Watchdog auditing 8 billion submarine program | Warren questions top general on climate change Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE (D-Mass.) unveiled her universal child care proposal last month, calling for the federal government to team up with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and others to establish a network of child care options. 

— Julia Manchester