Campaign 2010

Mar 11, 2014

Siren to Women: Mike Huckabee to Host NRCC Lunch

National Republicans are doing their best to dig a deeper hole with women, inviting Mike Huckabee to headline their major fundraising lunch later this month. In his most recent high-profile public appearances, Huckabee made headlines for his offensive comments demeaning women, so it defies comprehension that the NRCC would put him front and center at one of their biggest events of the year.

“Republicans can’t understand why they lose women voters and why their party is failing to recruit women candidates – but they don’t need to look any further than the people they put on a pedestal, like Mike Huckabee,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Every day, Republicans find new ways to dig a deeper hole with women – but their Stone Age rhetoric pales in comparison to their agenda that denies women equal pay for equal work and restricts our access to health care.”

BACKGROUND:

Huckabee: Female Politicians Require “A Sense of Pedestal.” “‘I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different kind of approach,’ he tells me. Different how? ‘For those of us who have some chivalry left, there’s a level of respect. ... You treat some things as a special treasure; you treat other things as common.’ A male opponent is ‘common,’ a woman requires ‘a sense of pedestal.’” [New Republic, 3/10/14]

·         Headline: Huckabee: Female candidates require ‘sense of pedestal’ [MSNBC, 3/11/14]

Huckabee: Democrats Think Women Can’t Control Their Libido. “Huckabee said Democrats rely on women believing they are weaker than men and in need of government handouts, including the contraception mandate in Obamacare. ‘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 for 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,’ Huckabee said. ‘Let's take that discussion all across America.’” [Washington Post, 1/23/14]

NRCC Program to recruit more women failed. “What’s clear is that Republicans are coming up short in their bid to recruit more women to run for office.” [Time, 2/27/14

59 Percent of Female Voters Believe That The Republican Party Doesn’t Understand Women. A national CNN poll found that 55% of Americans surveyed believe the Republican Party doesn’t understand women. The percentage rises to 59% among women. [CNN, 2/07/14]