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Boehner to Republican Colleagues: Be More Sensitive

Boehner pointed out that there are "a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in [the] Republican caucus" in Congress.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

photo of Elahe Izadi
December 5, 2013

Hey Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner has some advice for you when running against women: Try to be a little more sensitive, will you?

"I try to get them to be a little more sensitive," Boehner said during his weekly press conference Thursday, when asked what advice he has for fellow Republicans. "You know, 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."

Boehner added that he believes progress is being made on that front.

 

President Obama took 56 percent of the female vote in 2012, compared with 44 percent by Republican Mitt Romney. The gender gap between the two candidates was the largest ever measured by Gallup, which has been tracking that statistic since 1952.

Despite Democrats capturing the female vote in 2012, Obamacare may lead to a change in the equation, particularly among white female voters, as National Journal's Alex Roarty reports. He cites a Kaiser Family Foundation poll showing 40 percent of college-educated, white women hold "very unfavorable" views of the health care law, which is a 10-point increase from a month ago.

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