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McConnell Dismisses GOP 'War on Women' as Manufactured Issue

In an interview on 84 WHAS Monday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told radio show host Mandy Connell the "war on women" is a manufactured controversy.Several political observers have noted polls showing the fight over birth control swung women voters to President Obama and highlight a number of other anti-abortion measures in state legislatures. But GOP operatives and lawmakers have been pushing back against the so-called "war on women" as a media concoction.McConnell says Democrats want to distract people and make this year's election about anything but President Obama's record."Talk about a manufactured issue. There is no issue," McConnell said. "Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (from Texas) and Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe from Maine I think would be the first to say—and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska—'we don’t see any evidence of this.'"However, three of those female GOP lawmakers whom McConnell cited— Snowe, Hutchison and Murkowski—have specifically spoken out against Republican measures they believe are aimed at women."It makes no sense to make this attack on women," Murkowski said. "If you don’t feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters."

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