In an interview with PostTV, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Republicans should avoid “taking the bait” on divisive social issues. The comments were in response to controversial remarks about birth control from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Walker said while part of Huckabee’s comments that referred to a “woman’s libido” were taken out of context, in general, Republicans would be better served by focusing on their economic messages.
Walker’s comments come the day after fellow Wisconsinite and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told the RNC’s winter meeting the GOP needs to be “very conscious of the tone and choice of words” when it communicates its policies.
In his remarks to the RNC, Huckabee encouraged Republicans to push back against the narrative that they are hostile to women and aggressively seek their votes - but it was how he delivered the message that caused a stir.
"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it," Huckabee said. "Let's take that discussion all across America."
Democrats immediately seized on the comments and said they were the latest example of a Republican Party that is hostile to American women.
Asked about Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and whether the New Jersey Republican was still a viable presidential candidate despite recent federal and state probes into his administration, Walker said, “Sure.”
Christie has been under fire for his staff's involvement in the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge, apparently as political retribution, and allegations of playing politics with Superstorm Sandy aid.
Hear Walker on why the bridge incident and aftermath may not be Christie’s biggest problem:
And Walker’s own presidential ambitions?
Walker, who is up for re-election in 2014, said he loves his job as governor and warned members of his own party to focus on this year’s election as opposed to 2016 aspirations.
Hear Walker on if he’ll run for president: