The chairman of the Republican National Committee is denying that his party is waging a war on women, saying it’s as fictional as the “war on caterpillars.”
In a interview that will air on Saturday, Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus how big of a problem it was for Republicans that recent polls showed President Barack Obama with a 2-1 lead among female voters in battleground states.
“If Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that the Republicans have a war on caterpillars then we would have problems with caterpillars,” Priebus explained. “The fact of the matter is that it’s a fiction.”
“This started as a war against the Vatican that this president pursued,” the RNC chairman said, referring to the Obama administration’s mandate that health care insurance provided by religious institutions cover contraception for women. “He still hasn’t answered Archbishop Dolan’s issues with Obama-world and Obamacare.”
“How do we combat it? We make the case to women and everyone in this country — no matter what you background — that, number one, this president hasn’t fulfilled his promises. Number two, we can do better in this country in regards to jobs and the economy.”
Probable Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney earlier this week declared that he would “take our message to the women of America” to make up lost ground.
“We have work, we have work to do, to make sure we take our message to the women of America, so they understand how we’re going to get good jobs and we’re going to have a bright economic future for them and for their kids,” the candidate told supporters in Middleton, Wisconsin. “And make sure that these distortions that the Democrats throw in are clarified and the truth is heard.”
Watch the video below from Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt, broadcast on April 5, 2012.