The top elected woman in Texas criticized the Republican Party's positions on women's health and bodies Wednesday, slamming her party for its failure to get past legislating women's issues "south of the waistline."
In an interview with The Washington Times
, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Republicans need to rethink the way they have courted female voters. She said women are concerned about their families, their jobs and their futures.
"Tell me that you give a flip about women's interests," she said. "If all you want to talk about is my biology, gee, what happened to my brain? That is my point. It is not all south of the waistline."
The Republican National Committee warned in its post-election analysis that the party would have to do a better job of connecting with female voters and that, when it comes to social issues, the GOP must "in fact and deed be inclusive and welcoming," The Times reported.
"If we are not, we will limit our ability to attract young people and others, including many women who agree with us on some but not all issues," said the analysis, called the "Growth and Opportunity Project."
Combs' sharp critique is mirrored in races in New Jersey and Virginia, where winning gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe stressed hot-button social issues such as abortion and gay marriage, beating Republican Kenneth Cuccinelli.
Exit polls showed McAuliffe outperformed Cuccinelli by 9 percentage points among female voters, The Times reported.
In New Jersey, moderate incumbent Gov. Chris Christie beat state Sen. Barbara Buono by 13 points, the newspaper noted.
On one social issue, Combs reportedly has changed her position. In a 2011 interview with the The Texas Tribune
, the comptroller said she had gone from a pro-choice supporter to one who was pro-life.
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