The Washington Times - January 24, 2014, 10:04AM

Joe Nosef, Mississippi GOP chair, said Friday that former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee’s remarks on birth control distracted from the Republican Party’s pro-life position that much of the country agrees with.

“I wasn’t offended by it, but it’s distracting. Our position, over 70 percent of people think abortion should be wrong after the first trimester,” he said on MSNBC. “It’s a reasonable position we need to be able to argue effectively without distracting.”


Mr. Huckabee said Thursday that Democrats are making it seem as if women can’t control their libido without the help of the government by providing free birth control.

Many women run their households, and make financial decisions for their family, Chris Devaney, Tennessee GOP chair, said Friday on MSNBC. Because of that, women are often the ones looking for more economic security that Republican policies can provide, he said.

“I would not have talked about that. I would’ve talked about the economy,” he said.