Huckabee, a former GOP presidential contender and current Fox News commentator, charged that Democrats are insulting women with a healthcare program that implies women "can't control their libido" without the government's help. Rebutting the long-standing Democratic charge that Republicans are waging a "war on women" over access to abortion and other reproductive issues, Huckabee claimed it is the requirement for free contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act that is demeaning to women.
"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are hopeless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them with their prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it," Huckabee said, adding: "Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats will play them to be."
President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, was informed of the comments during yesterday's daily press briefing at the White House and labeled the remarks "offensive to me and to women."
"Mike Huckabee has no idea what he's talking about," asserted Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the House member from Florida who chairs the Democratic National Committee. The remarks, she said, run counter to plans Republicans announced last year to broaden the party's appeal to women and minorities after election returns and exit polling indicated 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney finished far behind Obama among those demographic groups.
"If this is the GOP rebrand a year later then all they've gotten is a year older," said Wasserman Schultz. ABC News appeared to agree, placing the headline, "Huckabee's Comments on Birth Control a Gift for Democrats" over the Associated Press story that appeared on the TV network's website.
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