Huckabee: GOP Waging ‘War For Women’

"Republicans don't have a war on women," Huckabee said. "We’re having a war for women."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said the Republican Party is waging a “war for women,” at a meeting of the Republican National Committee Thursday.

Addressing a luncheon of committee-members, staffers, and operatives, Huckabee took aim at Democrats who accuse the GOP of waging a “war on women” with its policies against abortion and government-subsidized birth control.

“Republicans don’t have a war on women,” Huckabee said. We’re having a war for women. To empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.”

“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a 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,” he continued. “Let us take that discussion all across America, because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be.”

Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate and Fox News host, credited RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for pausing the party’s annual meeting so that members could attend the annual March for Life Wednesday.

Democrats immediately jumped on Huckabees comments, touting them as examples of the GOP’s troubled efforts to rebrand itself to appeal to a broader demographic.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said he hadn’t seen the report, “but whoever said it, it sounds offensive to me, and to women.”

155 comments
Sandyone
Sandyone

Baloney! Republicans and Prieus, Huckabee done you in. No matter how you put it, the GOP/TEA's war on women continues, libidos and all

beafrank
beafrank

Obviously, Huckabee has scored a bullseye judging from the Left's response.  Republican's never played the gender, racial and sexist identity politics and were dragged into it by the Democrats.  They have tried to appeal to the citizens as Americans like Reagan did but the Democrats and their media sycophants continue to beat their divisive messages.

sixtymile
sixtymile

For countless centuries (literally countless) men have been waging war for women -- how little little things change.

annette.greco
annette.greco

I don't know how many OP-Ed's I've seen from female Republicans telling male Republicans to shut up already with publicly expounding on homespun ideas about female sexuality and reproductive health care.  Apparently, the message was not received.

Arimathean
Arimathean

Holy **** on a biscuit, that's some of the most offensive tripe I've seen in quite some time.

meddevguy
meddevguy

At last -- at least Time didn't jump on the six words in the entire Huckabee speech to totally change the meaning. Both the headline and the text let readers figure out what the former Arkansas governor was trying to say.


Of course Republicans have to edit every utterance to make sure a sentence fragment cannot become the subject of both the late night Democrat Campaign committee "comedians" and the PR branch of the Democrats who pretend to be publications. We can expect vicious, instant, unfair, partisan pieces on Today, MSNBC, etc. as the liberal media gears up for both the 2014 midterms and the 2016 Presidential elections. Democrats are behind at the moment because the voters are witnessing a disaster in the White House as a President campaigns rather than administers and Administration, and their media branch is sworn to make sure they once again can convince voters to listen to lies rather than examine actual accomplishments.


Every candidate from any party who pokes his or her head up in opposition to the Hilary machine will get Christied -- moving traffic cones will get blown up to worse than making nukes in the basement of the State Capital or waterboarding opponents.


The only hope the Republic has is if the voters catch on to the media and White House electoral excesses. Otherwise, we are doomed until the single-party system disgusts even the media and they try to exercise their First Amendment protections. Sure hope those pesky Bill of Rights Amendments are paid attention to by then.

lk312
lk312

Funny, but I don't think Republican or Democratic women having any trouble controlling their libidos around Guv. Huckabee.

SteveRedmond
SteveRedmond

Cop KIller Huckabee has turned his sights on women as he wages war against them. His vision of women chained to the kitchen producing endless children is laughable. Any woman who votes for him needs to see a psychiatrist.

small_axe
small_axe

So the Dems are pandering to women? And to whom exactly are the Reps pandering with this troglodyte garbage?

reallife
reallife

Uh oh! You really upset the hive, Governor... you must be on to something... the drones are going nuts...

Keep it up!



BobJan
BobJan

"Uncle Sugar", hmmmmmmmmmmm. Seems that he relies on Uncle Sugar as he's been in politics and likes the taxpayer's money also.

nancy1
nancy1

Time to find a BRIDGE to blame huckabee for before the election. HURRY DEMS you're running out of time to INDICT ALL the Republicans.

nancy1
nancy1

The next thing you know the democrats will INSIST we pay for their tattoos and body piercings too.

nancy1
nancy1

I LOVE how liberals TWIST the story around you'd think he was a RAPIST by the time their lynch mob YELLOW PRESS gets done with him. RELAX, all he said was that he NOTICED the DEMS sure treat their women like little DUMBOS.

amarzullo63
amarzullo63

Conservatives will always be in the minority and will always be pushed aside by the more progressive majority.  All they can do is whine and delay the inevitable.  Self proclaimed conservatives must deny their own reality to fit their ideology.  That is how the Huckster can believe he is helping women with this incredibly stupid so called "campaign".  At this rate, if the GOP wants to rebrand itself, maybe they need to silence the Huckster.  You do know really big money is at the heart of the GOP.   If I were you Mike, I'd be worried about my future.

grape_crush
grape_crush

@BobJan

Any governor likes Federal money. Or, at least they did until the Medicare expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act came into play, at which point some of the GOPer Govs decided to cut their noses off to spite their faces (and withhold health coverage from the sections of their populations that needed it the most.) Y'all gotta remember that Federal taxation and benefits isn't much decided at the State level, anyway. What Huckleberry did in office isn't much relevant to what's being discussed. (or even this topic, for that matter.)

That being said, Arkansas has been historically one of the better states when it comes being a net contributor - however, that timeframe isn't limited to Huckleberry's time in office. Not that those numbers tell the whole story; Arkansas receives more in personal federal government benefits than it pays out, and, yes, Romney's "47%" of 'takers' largely reside in red states, including Arkansas. As for non-benefit expenditures, there are few military installations in Arkansas, 'tho Lockheed-Martin runs some military manufacturing from there. Arkansas isn't, say, Virginia in that regard.

richknine
richknine

@BobJan  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_taxation_and_spending_by_state                   Not exactly, Huckabee was the governor of one of the 20 or so states that actually operate on their own revenues.  So no, he doesn't rely on Uncle Sugar.  The majority of the people relying on Uncle Sugar live in the states at the bottom of that list, coincidentally many of the states with the most democratic politicians per capita (Maryland, Virginia) represent the most egregious examples of spending greater than their revenues.  When Huckabee left office in 2007, Arkansas was spending a ratio of .36 dollars per 1 dollar in revenue taken in.  2008 climbed to .53 & 2009 climbed to .92.  So yeah, facts can be inconvenient, huh?  Mike Huckabee spent 8 years trying to make Arkansas fiscally stable & it took 2 years without him to get to a place where they were spending almost 100% of their revenues.  

alee832
alee832

@nancy1  Your ignorance disgusts me. I have been on birth control since I was 13. I am now 23. I take it to help with my PCOS symptoms - NOT as a way to "control my reproductive system". Actually, I would love to have a child of my own but I am unable to thanks to my polycystic ovarian syndrome. Do you know what it's like to get disgusting glances by your pharmacist at 13 for buying birth control when you don't even know what sex is? This disease affects up to 1 in 5 women and there is no cure, but hormonal birth control is the only thing that helps with my severe bleeding, acne, pain, anxiety, and other side effects brought on by it.


Jherad
Jherad

@nancy1Yeah, giving women options! What dumbos!


Sigh. I guess typing nonsensical sentences in caps makes them mean something to you, right?

richknine
richknine

@amarzullo63 The Koch brothers entered the Forbes Richest Top 10 list for the first time this past year.  Somehow in 8 years under GW Bush they managed to grow their wealth 10%, but under this administration they have nearly doubled it.  Tell me more about how only 1 political party is funded by big money.  Then go ask your buddy Obama about his inappropriate friendships with Soros, Stryker Corp, Qualcomm, etc, etc

nancy1
nancy1

@amarzullo63 All he said was that he NOTICED that democrats treated their women like BIMBOS how comical. Maybe you should look in the mirror. I heard that MOST of the women are leaving your broken party now that they found out barry's MUCKING with their children's health care.

amarzullo63
amarzullo63

@richknine @BobJan   Would you like to spin that again?  Although when he was in office it was .36, but the adjusted per capita number was ~ $1.03 returned for every dollar sent in taxes.  admittedly lower than almost all other states, but still sucking on "uncle sugar".  Which is the way it is supposed to be.  If they are getting less than others, it's because their representatives in congress suck, not because the Huckster had control of anything at all.  All reps fight for pork in their districts

Of the 22 states that went to McCain in 2008, 86 percent received more federal spending than they paid in taxes in 2010. In contrast, 55 percent of the states that went to Obama received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. Republican states, on average, received $1.46 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; Democratic states, on average, received $1.16


States receiving the most federal funding per tax dollar paid:

1. New Mexico: $2.63
2. West Virginia: $2.57
3. Mississippi: $2.47
4. District of Colombia: $2.41
5. Hawaii: $2.38
6. Alabama: $2.03
7. Alaska: $1.93
8. Montana: $1.92
9. South Carolina: $1.92
10. Maine: $1.78

La_Randy
La_Randy

@richknine @BobJan Your meme leaves out that red states are the net takers from the Federal Government with Blue states funding them.

amarzullo63
amarzullo63

@richknine @amarzullo63 What does that have to do with the assault on women's rights we are discussing.  Wish the Kock sucking brothers would piss in each others mouths, but that is not going to change anything.  They are the elite and we are not, how does this pertain to the current conversation?  Maybe they should pay for the birth control pills, or even better they should take them. 

amarzullo63
amarzullo63

@nancy1 @amarzullo63  Yes thats right we treat them like bimbos, that's why women from 18 to 85 are more Democratic than men of the same age (Gallup poll).  Oh, thats right you have Nancy Grace and Sara Palin, that might even be why most women refuse to even consider the GOP even if they hate the current Democratic offerings.  Seems you again have refused your reality in favor of your ideology

grape_crush
grape_crush

@amarzullo63@richknine@BobJan  >  If they are getting less than others, it's because their representatives in congress suck, not because the Huckster had control of anything at all.

This.

amarzullo63
amarzullo63

@richknine @amarzullo63 @BobJan But you have not convinced me of your point based only on the amount of federal dollars received versus tax dollars sent.  

Again it just points to the fact that Ark. reps. were not getting much pork.  How exactly did Mr. Huckabee control this?  Did he specifically tell the Feds he doesn't want more for his state?  If he did anything to reduce spending in his state it would not reflect in this data.  If he , did reduce spending at the state level, I can say without a doubt that his policies were wrong.  Only getting .36 returned for every dollar sent to Washington does not look so good when framed that way.  And without cutting state taxes, I would have been all over him for cutting services.

richknine
richknine

@amarzullo63 @richknine @BobJan Frame the argument as Dem vs. Rep & you can make your case quite easily.  I was specifically looking at the fiscal record of the state of Arkansas under Mike Huckabee b/c that's the only spending Huckabee has ever had control over & we were talking about Mike Huckabee's affinity for "Uncle Sugar." He presided over a state that had a much better record while he was in charge than in the years that have followed, and Arkansas was one of the 8 most efficient states under his leadership in terms of federal spending vs. tax revenues..

richknine
richknine

@La_Randy @richknine I'm not here to educate you.  If you can't read statistics that's something you should take up with whatever failed education you had.

richknine
richknine

@La_Randy @richknine You just shared the link I originally shared, my you are a special one.  What are you, one of the President's cabinet members?  You're certainly inept enough that if you're not, you could be.

amarzullo63
amarzullo63

@richknine @La_Randy @BobJan Thats why they keep fixing the economy and paying down the debt, just to have GOP'ers wreck it each time they steal an election.  Taxes get things done fools.  If corporations were actually made to pay the same 33% the rest of the middle class pays we would pay off the national debt in only one year.  You would rather support raping our kids future and do it now.  Let's all deregulate everything, so we can have another finical meltdown.  Then deny and deceive.  Lets blame the next group for our maliciousness.  Lets blame those poor people that we screwed out of the life savings.  It's all their fault for working at our companies and having benefits and wages cut.  It's all their fault they bought a house right at the time corporate america wanted to have have a temper tantrum over not being able to fleece the world for another term.  

richknine
richknine

@La_Randy  nm, I found the date...stats from 2004.  I think the data you shared is 10 years old, but thanks for the laugh.

richknine
richknine

@La_Randy @richknine @BobJan copyrighted 2007, who even knows how much older the statistics actually are.  Did you find that in your Socialist Studies book?

richknine
richknine

@La_Randy @richknine @BobJan my meme?  It's a wiki page that details federal taxations & spending by state.  Those little things in the boxes are called "numbers."  People who actually budget based an expectation of revenue & a concept of affordability use those things to figure out what they can spend...unless you are a Democrat, then the answer is always "more, more, more"

La_Randy
La_Randy

@richknine @BobJan


Link if you are interested.

amarzullo63
amarzullo63

@richknine @amarzullo63 That was a word of caution to Mike about rocking the GOP boat.  Yes, freely admit the absolutely obvious, big money is the real problem in all politics everywhere.  Now can we get back to the regularly scheduled program?

richknine
richknine

@amarzullo63 @richknine  "You do know really big money is at the heart of the GOP."  -that's you genius...  I was replying to something you had said with an actual fact.  Sorry, I know, facts hurt.