In a taped interview that will air this weekend on Bloomberg News, the chairman of the Republican Party is repudiating the Obama administration and top Democrats who claim there is a “war on women” because Republicans are pushing a bill that would stop the Obama HHS mandate.
The mandate, which requires religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees, has drawn strong opposition from pro-life groups because of its pro-abortion and anti-conscience problems. That opposition has led to a backlash from Democrats and pro-abortion groups claiming conservatives and pro-life advocates are engaging in a “war on women.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing this weekend: “If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars. It’s a fiction.”
The GOP chairman said the real issue is jobs and the economy and that Democrats and Obama are making up a fictitious war on women to divert attention from the Obama administration’s lack of success in improving either.
“This president hasn’t fulfilled his promises,” Priebus said. “We can do better in this country in regards to jobs and the economy.”
He promised the GOP and the eventual Republican nominee will make their case “to women and everyone in this country.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the pro-abortion congresswoman President Barack Obama handpicked to head the Democratic party, shot back, saying, “The jury of women across America have ruled that the Republicans have been unbelievably extreme and out of touch and hyper-focused on cultural issues.”
Stephanie Cutter, a pro-abortion Obama administration spokeswoman, also fired back, saying, “Reince Priebus’ comments today only reinforce why women simply cannot trust Mitt Romney.”
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Meanwhile, a conservative women’s group, Smart Girl Politics Action, has launched “They Don’t Speak for Us,” a new video asking women to put the conversation back on real issues important to women.
“Women are forced everyday to make sacrifices and its time that we put pressure on Congress and this Administration to stop playing games and get back to work for the American people,” the group says in the new video.