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Rep. Kingston: GOP Doesn't Need 'Marketing Plan' to Appeal to Women

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 06:03 PM

Republicans don't need a "marketing plan" to appeal to women, despite House Speaker John Boehner's declaration that men in Congress "aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be," according to Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia.

"Women are worried about their taxes, they're worried about economic opportunity, they're worried about the price of gas, they're worried about the government takeover of healthcare,'' Kingston, a Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"[That is] something men are worried about, too."

At his weekly Capitol press conference, Boehner said the GOP — continually under fire by Democrats for its so-called "war on women" — is trying to get its members to be a "little more" sensitive.

"You look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican caucus. And some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be."

But Kingston told Malzberg:

"I don't know that we have to have a separate marketing plan for women. That's what the Democrats always do. They divide and conquer any group that they can create an interest group [around] and say, 'we need laws specifically designed for you and your-type person.'

"If we have a good, fundamental government system, everybody will prosper — regardless of your sex, or race or national origin."

Kingston, who has declared his candidacy for the Senate, said he believes the GOP has a good chance of reclaiming the Senate from the Democrats next year.

"I heard [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell say recently that there are eight states that are in play [...] including the state of Michigan, which is one that has leaned Democrat," he said.

"But because of the enormous unpopularity of Obamacare and the mistrust that it has created or underscored in government in this administration, the Republicans have a pretty good shot at it."

Kingston continues to believe the Affordable Care Act is unworkable and unfixable.

"We would be better off without Obamacare than we are with it … Just removing it and defunding it would be a very positive step for healthcare in America," he said.

"Six million people have had their insurance cancelled, just about everybody has had a premium increase, [and] many people have actually been laid off as businesses have tried to get around the healthcare mandate that triggers at 50 employees."

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