In a luncheon speech at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said Democrats want women to think "they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government."
Huckabee, the runner-up in the 2008 GOP presidential primary, made the comments in reference to the ongoing political battles over reproductive rights in American politics in which Democrats have called the Republican Party's position "a war on women." The former Arkansas governor urged Republicans to wage "a war for women" instead.
The statement may not help the Republican Party in its ongoing efforts to appeal to female voters. The GOP has long been plagued by a gender gap in voting and many elected officials often made gaffes while discussing issues like abortion, birth control, and women's issues. The most recent was a Republican Congressman publishing a book this month where he wrote that "a wife must voluntarily submit to her husband" while others include the awkward statements of 2012 Senate candidates like Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana.
Huckabee also spoke at length about the Beatles in his speech Thursday.