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."