Reince Priebus says the GOP needs to work harder to be competitive in the next presidential election in 2016. But those efforts aren’t aided by “hurtful” comments from some in the GOP that have alienated women voters.
“I don't think any party has a monopoly on dumb things that are said, so I'm not going to sit here and defend those comments,” Priebus tells Politics Confidential.
Asked specifically about Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s recent remark that education in the U.S. has suffered in part because “both parents started working and the mom is in the workplace,” Priebus said he disagrees with the remark but understands what Bryant meant to say.
“I think he was trying to say that people are busy,” he said. “We've got a lot of pressure on moms that are becoming more and more the breadwinners in our society. And I think he was trying to make an analogy there. Clearly, I don't agree with it.”
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