Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus used an unusual entomological analogy while arguing that an alleged GOP "war on women" is a Democratic and media-created phenomenon.
“If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars,” Priebus said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” that will air this weekend. “It’s a fiction.” [video here]
Democrats seized on the comments Thursday, as the Democratic National Committee's Twitter feed announced: "GOP chair dismisses his party's attacks on women's rights, comparing it to a 'war on caterpillars,'" complete with the hashtag '#WomenArentInsects.'
Appearing in a separate interview on the Bloomberg show, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said: “The jury of women across America have ruled that the Republicans have been unbelievably extreme and out-of-touch and hyper-focused on cultural issues,” citing a recent USA Today/Gallup poll showing President Obama beating Mitt Romney by 18 points among women in certain swing states.