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Jay Carney calls Mike Huckabee's 'Uncle Sugar' remark 'offensive'

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White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday slammed as “offensive” comments from former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., suggesting that Democrats believe women cannot “control their libido.”

Asked about Huckabee’s comments, Carney said that he had not heard them but added, “whoever said it, it sounds offensive to me, and to women.”

In an address to the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Huckabee dismissed suggestions that by contesting government-provided birth control the GOP was waging a “War on Women.”

The former GOP presidential contender said Democrats were trying to convince women that they need the government to provide birth control.

“Women I know are outraged that the Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication,” Huckabee said.

Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anybody else can do,” he continued. “Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That's not a war on them, it's a war for them.

"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,” the former governor continued.

Huckabee said that Republicans could win the debate.

"Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be, and women across America need to stand up and say ‘enough of that nonsense,’” he said.

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