War on women? U.S. Republican Rand Paul says women are winning

WASHINGTON Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:38pm EST

U.S. Rep. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks outside the White House after President Barack Obama announced the first five ''Promise Zones,'' as a way to create jobs, in Washington January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. Rep. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks outside the White House after President Barack Obama announced the first five ''Promise Zones,'' as a way to create jobs, in Washington January 9, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Rand Paul on Sunday offered an way out of criticism that the Republican Party is waging a war on women: the women are ahead.

"You know, the whole thing of the war on women. I sort of laughingly say, 'yes, there might have been, but the women are winning it,'" Paul, a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Paul was asked to comment on remarks that former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made to the Republican National Committee last week, in which he urged Republicans to argue that women are not "weaklings" who rely on government for help, including contraceptives to "control their libido."

Rand called Democratic criticism that Republicans are waging a "war on women" a charade that does not lead to good policy.

"I've seen the women in my family and how well they're doing," Rand said, citing women in medical and law schools. "I think women are doing very well and I'm proud of how well we've come and how far we've come, and I think that some of the victimology and all this other stuff is trumped up."

(Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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4825 wrote:
Democrats have a war on the economy with the failed policies that Obama has put in place. Democrats will take the country to our knees if we keep them in office. It is time to vote them out. Democrats have tried to make people believe there is a war on women by republicans. It is phony and shows how desperate democrats are.

Jan 26, 2014 9:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Oma wrote:
As long as women’s access to contraception and abortion are limited, we will have limited control over our fertility. Unplanned or unwanted pregnancies cause poverty and diminished ability to compete in the professional world. Limiting women’s control over our fertility is a war on women.

The alternative to supporting women’s control over our fertility would be to consider raising children an important job. Women would be well paid for their time (24/7, year in and year out) and skills. Children and homes would be cared for, meals would be prepared (rather than bought in boxes and microwaved), and children would be physically and mentally healthier.

Failure to support women’s control over our fertility is war on women. Failure to support control over fertility plus failure to support mothers at a level over the poverty line is a national disgrace.

Jan 27, 2014 5:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
Contraception is available to anyone that wants to buy it. Abortion is legal to anyone wanting to use it. The government should not pay for any of these services with tax dollars or force anyone to, no more than we force people to buy alcohol and recreational drugs for the person that desires to be a user. This should not even be an item for debate or in the political spectrum.

Jan 27, 2014 7:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
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