GOP Rep: Republicans Needs to Bring Policy Discussions ‘Down to a Woman’s Level’
A North Carolina Republican told a House panel that the GOP could get more females on their side if they brought policy discussions “down to a woman’s level.”
Slate’s Dave Weigel reports that Congresswoman Renee Ellmers’ comments were made at a “Friday panel put on by the Republican Study Committee, the House’s conservative caucus.”
Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow reports that the meeting was held among GOP representatives to discuss how they can combat charges that they are waging a “war on women.”
“The problem here is not necessarily conservative policy,” hearing moderator and Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel said, “it’s our messaging.”
Ellmers agreed, saying, “It’s how we are able to articulate ourselves – make sure we get the point across that we care.”
Ellmers said the policy discussions are too complicated for women to understand.
“Men to tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.”
“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life – that’s the way to go,” she suggested.
Ellmers isn’t a big name in Republican circles but she’s a strong opponent of the Affordable Care Act, calling Obama’s healthcare policy the real “war on women” because it’s “essentially saying it knows what’s best for you and your family.”
“Women make many of their families’ healthcare decisions,” Ellmers said. “If you want to talk about a ‘war on women,’ look no further than this health care law.”