Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz laughingly called it a “riot” that the GOP would be schooling its members on how to better appeal to women voters.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at his weekly press conference yesterday that he believes his caucus is making progress on that front.
“Well, I try to get them to be a little more sensitive. You know? You look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican caucus,” Boehner said. “And, you know, some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be.”
Politico reported yesterday that the National Republican Congressional Committee had held “multiple” sessions in order to avoid losing another seat Todd Akin-style. “Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn,” one GOP aide told the paper.
Wasserman Schultz laughed when asked about this on CNN.
“It’s a riot that Republicans feel, if they just give their candidates sensitivity training, that this is going to clear up all of the problems that they have with women voters,” she said. “What they need to do is have some sessions on the issues that are important to women and how bad their policies are for women. They oppose Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation. They oppose — they’ve tried to defund Planned Parenthood repeatedly, cut out Title X funding, which is family planning.”
“They’ve consistently tried to have bosses be able to make decisions for women’s health care choices. They are totally wrong on the issues that matter to women and that’s why they keep losing the women’s vote, and they will continue to,” Wasserman Schultz continued.
“Learning how to be touchy-feely is not going to be the key to their success.”