Rand Paul Is Confused About Whether There Is Or Isn’t a GOP War on Women

Says it's concocted but also admits it might have existed

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Sen. Rand Paul continued the GOP’s war on the Democrats’ “war on women” campaign Sunday when he appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and called it “trumped up,” while also admitting that “there might have been” a “war on women.”

“The whole thing of the ‘war on women,’ I sort of laughingly say, ‘Yeah, there might have been – but the women are winning it,'” the Republican senator from Kentucky said, pointing to women’s progress at medical and law schools, Political Ticker reports.

“And I think some of the victimology and all of this other stuff is trumped up,” Paul continued. “We don’t get to any good policy by playing some sort of charade that somehow one party doesn’t care about women or one party is not in favor of women advancing, or other people advancing.”

He also said separately in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press that the war on women was “concocted” by Democrats, and went on to call former President Bill Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky “predatory.”

Paul’s comments were in response to Mike Huckabee’s controversial comments last week about women’s birth control and libido.

[Political Ticker]

31 comments
inezktyler
inezktyler

The "war on women" is just the abortion  debate disingenuously re-branded.  It's liberal BS.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

They should bring Bill Clinton out and act as witness of the GOP war on women. After all Clinton is now acting as elder statesman of the Dimocrats.

JohnRichter
JohnRichter

Did Rand mention Hucks full page proclamation in USA Today in 1998 that he believes women should be subservient to their husbands? Sounds libido controlling to me. I bet he forgot to mention Huck mandated contraceptive coverage in his state in 2005 also.

grape_crush
grape_crush

“We don’t get to any good policy by playing some sort of charade that somehow one party doesn’t care about women or one party is not in favor of women advancing, or other people advancing.”

"We'd rather not talk about how bad our policies are for women, non-whites, or anyone making less than $200K a year. Pointing fingers doesn't do us any good and it hinders the implementation of our bad policies."

"You're racist for mentioning stuff we do that negatively impacts non-white Americans."

"There's no GOP 'war on women'...because we're saying that there is not, that's why. And we're saying it over and over again. So there."

Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

He pretty much hit the nail on the head with how people are with politics now, and all you have to do is laugh at all the comments below ----

--- Your party is against this and this, No your Party is against this and this.... All presidential candidates in your party are always clueless and dont' get what people want....No your presidentail Candidate in your party is always clueless and don't get what people want. 

Everybody Talks Politics like they are a bunch of 2 year olds

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Rand Paul is confused by a lot of things. For instance why do white supremacists keep popping up on his staff and why does his dad secretly support and gets funding from Neo-Nazi groups.

sacredh
sacredh

The GOP just doesn't get it. They debate women's reproductive rights and what they can and can't do, but exclude women from the committees. What kind of stupidity is that? What would they think if a committee of all blacks and hispanics decided what rights older white men should have? What would they think if a committee of Muslims and Hindus decided what rights christians should have? What would they think if a committee of gays and lesbians decided what rights straight people should have? They live in a fantasy world where they think only they get to make the rules that everyone else lives by. They're killing themselves and their party and I'm cheering them on.

j45ashton
j45ashton

Seems like the biggest fools in the GOP are the ones who want to run for president.

MikeScott2
MikeScott2

Oh please,  this kind of hate rhetoric is what is gets votes and is entirely unfounded and then further driven home by a complicit news media.     Just another red-letter day huh?    David you need to grow up and stop being a weenie.  

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

Rand Paul and the rest of the GOP aren't confused, just afraid to admit the truth.


There is a Republican war on women.  But it's not just a GOP war on women, it's also a war on children.


The old men of the Republican party have anointed themselves as the deciders: they have decided women shouldn't have access to contraception, they have decided that women must carry unwanted pregnancies to term, they have decided that there will be no help with the resulting child's medical care, education and other needs.


That is, they are not pro-life, but anti-abortion, anti-education, anti-contraception, anti-virtually anything and everything that helps people, that allows women to control their lives and that allows children to grow up healthy, educated and happy.


The Republicans have a war on everyone.  They just started with women.

jmac
jmac

Rand Paul opposes abortion even in the case of rape or incest.


Like Huckabee?  As governor, Huckabee tried to stop a mentally retarded girl who have been raped by her stepfather from getting an abortion.


That's called a war on women.    It's certainly not called "libertarian".   

reallife
reallife

and the disinformation campaign continues...

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

Rand Paul is confused about a great many things.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 Same with Obama. Why Black supremacists and racists and socialists and radicals keep popping on his staff and why Valerie Jarrett should figure prominently in his foreign policy decisions. Grow up Mantis, you are in the grown up world now.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh I agree.  All old white males should not be allowed to speak in public.

jmac
jmac

@MikeScott2 Consider the attack on a woman's right to choose, this rhetoric is important.    Keeping poor women from access to birth control or the right to an abortion (that rich women will ALWAYS have) is definitely a war on poor women.   


We just had the story of a dead woman only 14 weeks pregnant kept alive by a hospital for months when her family wanted to bury her.  She was dead.  The fetus wasn't viable (and it was deformed).    It's shameful what that hospital put that family through.  It's heartbreaking.  It's  disgusting.   


It's a war on women.   Even dead women.   

reallife
reallife

@MikeScott2 What do you expect? When all you have to offer is a bankrupt philosophy that has NEVER worked, all you have left to do is to tear your opponent down to your level by any means necessary. The end justify the means, remember?

What else could they do, really?




ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@DavidStrayer For a party that have a sexual predator as elder statesman Bill Clinton, you sure know what you are talking.

reallife
reallife

@DavidStrayer what? No "throwing grandma over the cliff"? Come on, get with the program, or you're going off the Ministry of Disinformation's payroll.


JohnRichter
JohnRichter

@jmac "A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ," Huck in 1998

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Ohiolib Agreed. But one thing he is not confused. It is the Dimocrats who are waging war against traditional and conservative women. 

sacredh
sacredh

@roknsteve, except for us because we have the wisdom to know what's best for everyone. ;  )

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

@ReneDemonteverde @Ohiolib 

The Democrats have no agenda to control the lives and bodies and activities of women; it is the Republicans who refuse to allow the women have a right to control their own lives and bodies.  


Your attempt to turn this around is a complete distortion.  The entirety of the war on American citizens is a Republican war.  It is a Republican war on education, health care, virtually anything and everything that helps people live their lives.  



reallife
reallife

@ReneDemonteverde @jmac @MikeScott2 The "war on dead women" might work in Chicago, considering the democratic party's lock on the "deceased vote" there.

Good one, Baghdad Bob.