Obama Campaign Links RNC Chair’s Insect Analogy to Romney

Apr 5, 2012 1:10pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. – President Obama’s re-election campaign today sought to link Mitt Romney to comments the  Republican National Committee chairman  made about the “war on women,” saying that Reince Priebus’ suggestion that the media is echoing Democratic attack lines will “only reinforce why women simply cannot trust” Romney.

Priebus, in an interview to air this weekend on Bloomberg Televisions’ “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” said the media has repeated Democratic attacks, which he believes are “fiction” when they accuse Republicans of disregarding women’s health issues.

“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,” said Priebus, according to Bloomberg. “It’s a fiction.”

Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, said in a statement that Priebus’ remarks show “how little regard Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have for women’s health.”

“We already know that Mitt Romney would ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood and supports the Blunt Amendment, which would give any employer the ability to deny their employees coverage for health care services like contraception because of their own personal beliefs,” Cutter said. “Does he stand with Reince Priebus, the leader of the Republican Party, when he compares the debate over vital health care services to a war on insects?

“Women are already abandoning the Republican Party in droves because of their antiquated positions on women’s health and out-of-touch policies on the middle class,” Cutter said. “Reince Priebus’ comments today only reinforce why women simply cannot trust Mitt Romney or other leading Republicans to stand up for them.”

The Romney campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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