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Clueless Rand Paul: Women Are Winning the 'War on Women'

The Kentucky Senator mocks gender issues even as Republicans wage an assault on abortion rights.
 
 
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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said that women are winning the “war on women” and are doing very well, in an effort to push back against Democrats’ push to paint the GOP as legislating against women's’ rights.  

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” show Sunday, Paul said, “The whole thing of the 'war on women,' I sort of laughingly say, 'Yeah, there might have been – but the women are winning it...’I think women are doing very well, and I'm proud of how far we've come.” The comments were made in response to a question about Fox News host Mike Huckabee recent’s comments. Huckabee said: “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 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."

Paul’s mocking of the “war on women” frame ignores the continued Republican assault on abortion rights.  For instance, last week, as thousands of people marched against abortion rights in Washington, D.C., leading GOP lawmakers vowed to focus on passing anti-abortion legislation.  State governments are also passing bills restricting a woman's right to choose.

On another Sunday TV show, Paul said that Democrats who say there is a “war on women” ignore President Bill Clinton’s conduct in office.  Paul called Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky “predatory.”

Paul also said that while Hillary Clinton--a potential 2016 presidential opponent to Paul--should not be judged by her husband’s behavior, “sometimes it’s hard to separate one from the other.”

Paul’s interviews came on a day when the New York Times published a long profile of the Senator.

 

Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and an assistant editor for Mondoweiss. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

 
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