“Talk about a manufactured issue,” McConnell said in an interview with local Louisville, Ky., radio station WHAS on Monday.
He said his female Republican colleagues in the Senate would agree with him on that.
“There is no issue. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison [(Texas)] and Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe from Maine, I think, would be the first to say — and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska — ‘We don’t see any evidence of this.’ “
Sure, Mitch — Murkowski, Snowe, and Hutchison don’t see any evidence of the war on women except when they totally do.
We cannot afford to lose the Medicaid funding for low income women to have health care services. We cannot. We keep turning back federal funds that every state gets and then try to find money in our budget, which is already being cut in key areas like education. I do think that the governor needs to sit down with the federal government and work it out so we can have our share — our fair share not more — of money for Medicaid to help low-income women have their health care services. [...] I think Planned Parenthood does mammograms, they do so much of the health care — the preventive health care and they’re doing that, we need to provide those services, absolutely.
“It makes no sense to make this attack on women,” she said. [...] “If you don’t feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters.” [...] Murkowski criticized GOP presidential candidates for not condemning Rush Limbaugh for calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” which he later apologized for. [No. No he did not. Limbaugh's "apology" for using "those two words" was a non-apology given the litany of insults he lobbed at Fluke over the course of three days.-ed.] [...] “To have those kind of slurs against a woman … you had candidates who want to be our president not say, ‘That’s wrong. That’s offensive.’ They did not condemn the rhetoric,” she said.
And here’s Olympia Snowe last week at a fundraiser for Sandra Fluke:
“There was a time in America when husbands cancelled their pensions on their spouses without their knowing, only learning about it upon their death,” said Snowe.
But the progress wasn’t universal, she said.
“And now it comes to contraceptive coverage,” said Snowe. “You know, it really is surprising, because I feel like it’s a retro debate. It took place in the 1950s. It’s sort of back to the future, isn’t it? And it is surprising in the 21st century that we would be revisiting this issue.”
Snowe urged the women in the room to “keep the fight up.”
Mitch McConnell is either confused or he simply doesn’t care what the women in his party think about the GOP’s incessant attacks on women.
Maybe he ought to poke his head out of his shell every once in a while and take a look around.
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