Boehner to Republican Colleagues: Be More Sensitive

National Journal
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Elahe Izad
Dec. 5, 2013, 7:20 a.m.

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.