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Sen. Rand Paul: GOP phrasing 'somewhat' to blame for shortcomings with women, minorities

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Sunday that his party's sometimes clumsy word choice when speaking about women and minorities is "somewhat" to blame for failing to connect with those demographics.

Paul, who made the comment on CNN's "State of the Union," was speaking of remarks last week from former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Huckabee said that Democrats are telling women that they "cannot control their libido" without government help, which he referred to as "Uncle Sugar."

That comment earned Huckabee a rebuke from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

But Paul added that Democrats have unfairly portrayed Republicans as against women, which he said has made politics more poisonous.

"I think that some of the victimology and all of this other stuff is trumped up," he said. "We don't get to any good policy by playing some sort of charade that somehow one party doesn't care about women, or one party is not in favor of women advancing or other people advancing."

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