Rand Paul: Women are winning the ‘war on women’

January 26, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that charges that Republicans are waging a "war on women" are unfounded -- because women are excelling.

"I sort of laughingly say, yeah there might have been (a war on women), but the women are winning it," Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Paul pointed to his own family, noting his niece attends veterinary school at Cornell University, where her class is 85 percent female.

"Over half of the young people in medical school and dental school are women -- law school the same way," Paul said. "I think women are doing very well, and I'm proud of ... how far we've come. I think some of the victimology and all this other stuff is trumped up and we don't get to any good policy by playing some charade that one part doesn't care about women."

Democratic charges of a GOP war on women popped up again last week after former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's comments about women's libidos.

Paul also clarified that, during a speech in Kentucky last week, he was not suggesting that the government should cut off funding for single women in poverty who continue having children.

Paul mentioned that possibility but said Sunday that he wasn't recommending it and ultimately decided that it's difficult for the government to dissuade impoverished single women from continuing to have children. He said the community needs to get more involved.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · January 26, 2014