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GOP teaching male candidates how to talk about women

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Beltway Confidential,Republican Party,2014 Elections,Ashe Schow

Call it combat training for a war against the war on women.

The National Republican Congressional Committee doesn't want any male GOP candidates to pull a Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock during the 2014 elections, especially when control of the Senate is up for grabs, so it's training candidates on how to talk about women's issues.

“You need to be very careful in how you approach any group and what you say,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden told the Washington Examiner. “That’s just Politics 101.”

So the organization is holding sessions to tell candidates what to say while campaigning, especially when campaigning against a woman.

No calling female opponents “Abortion Barbie” in 2014, it seems.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wants to make sure such comments don’t jeopardize GOP elections next year as well, telling Politico that candidates need to “be a little more sensitive” when campaigning against women.

“Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said.

Top aides for Boehner met with Republican staff to discuss such training, according to Politico.

“Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn,” a staffer who attended a training session told Politico.

Democrats were allowed to run wild in 2012 with the idea that the GOP was waging a “war on women,” bolstered by comments by Akin, a Missouri candidate for the U.S. Senate, and Mourdock, who ran for an Indiana Senate seat.

Akin spoke about “legitimate rape” during his campaign, while Mourdock commented that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen."

To boost the amount of women in the party, in July the NRCC launched Project Grow, which is aimed at promoting Republican women and encouraging them to run for office.

“Recruiting women candidates is a top priority of the NRCC this cycle and we’ve had tremendous support from our women members of congress through our Project Grow initiative,” NRCC Executive Director Liesl Hickey said.

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