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McCain Blasts War on Women: 'Ludicrous, Partisan Posturing that has Conjured Up This Imaginary War'

10:27 AM, Apr 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Senator John McCain will take to the Senate floor this morning to blast the Democrats’ “War on Women.” He will call it divisive, saying that “[declaring] phony wars is intended to avoid those hard choices and to escape paying a political price for doing so.” And the former Republican presidential candidate will call the so-called war on women “ludicrous, partisan posturing that has conjured up this imaginary war.”

Romney and McCain

McCain will say, according to prepared remarks, “My friends, this supposed ‘war on women’ or the use of similarly outlandish rhetoric by partisan operatives has two purposes, and both are purely political in their purpose and effect: The first is to distract citizens from real issues that really matter and the second is to give talking heads something to sputter about when they appear on cable television. Neither purpose does anything to advance the well being of any American.”

But McCain does not believe Americans will fall for the Democrats’ bluff.

"Thankfully, I believe women and men in our country are smart enough to recognize that when a politician or political party resorts to dividing us in the name of bringing us together it usually means that they are either out of ideas or short on resolve to address the challenges of our time.  At this time in our nation’s history, we face an abundance of hard choices.  Divisive slogans and the declaring of phony wars is intended to avoid those hard choices and to escape paying a political price for doing so. ... 

 

"Americans of both genders are concerned about finding and keeping a good job. Americans of both genders are concerned about the direction of our economy. Women and men are concerned about mounting debt, their own and the nation’s. Women and men are hurt by high gas prices, by the housing crisis, shrinking wages, the cost of health care.  Women and men are concerned about their children’s security, their education, their prospects for inheriting an America that offers every mother and father’s child a decent chance at reaching their full potential.  Leaving these problems unaddressed indefinitely and resorting to provoking greater divisions among us at a time when we most need unity, might not be a war against this or that group of Americans - but it is surely a surrender; a surrender of our responsibilities to the country and a surrender of decency.”

McCain will be talking about the Violence Against Women Act, and how he thinks Democrats are trying to use the issue for their political advantage—not for the advantage of the country. 

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