Republicans are "foolish" to respond to complaints that the GOP is waging a "war on women," says Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state and senior fellow at the Family Research Council.
"We control 30 governorships, there are 26 states where we control both the House and the Senate chambers . . . we are no minor-league party in the American political landscape," Blackwell told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"For us to have folks in the mainstream media tell us that we are a bunch of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals might be entertaining to them, but it would be foolish for us to start to respond to it as if they're making a good point," he said Monday.
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Blackwell's comments came just days after House Speaker John Boehner said the Republican Party must be more sensitive to women.
Some of the controversy has been over coverage of abortion and birth control in the new healthcare law, which is opposed by most Republicans.
But Blackwell says Americans are most concerned about their healthcare options being controlled by the government, period.
"People do not want to be wrung out of the equation of healthcare. They don't want control snatched away from them," he said.
"We have no problems convincing women, men, you name them, across these voter groups. We have no problem in getting folks to say enough already with this nonsense."
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