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Chris Matthews: Republicans Are 'Treating Women Like They're Not Really Voters'

Posted: 03/11/2012 1:35 pm Updated: 03/12/2012 10:21 am

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews bashed the GOP for its take on women in the 2012 election with a claim against the party on his Sunday morning show.

"One of the time warps these days is watching Republicans ignore the simple fact that women vote and are the majority voters," he said.

He replayed footage of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin on the 2008 campaign trail. "With all the progress of those two iconic developments," he compared, "I do think it's odd the way we're talking about contraception — by the way, as if that's only a women's issue, it's a male female issue, obviously — and treating women like they're not really voters."

The Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson remarked that Republicans "are forgetting" that support from women voters was key to Obama winning the presidency in 2008, and called the debate over contraception a "surprising development." She also speculated that the GOP nominee would have to strongly consider choosing a female running mate in light of the recent uproar.

The debate over contraception
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    In this April 5, 2008 file photo, Garry B. Trudeau, cartoonist and creator of "Doonesbury," speaks in New Haven, Conn. Universal Press Syndicate will offer replacement Doonesbury comic strips next week to newspapers that don't want to run a series focusing on a Texas law that requires women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion, officials said Friday, March 9. 2012. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

  • In this Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 photo, Dr. Curtis Boyd explains the two different ultrasound devices used to examine pregnant women's developing fetus at his clinic in Dallas, Texas.

  • Protesters are removed from the front steps of the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Saturday, March 3, 2012. Virginia Capitol Police arrested more than 30 women's rights activists Saturday when they refused to leave the Capitol steps during a protest of anti-abortion legislation. The protesters were some of an estimated 500 who had marched down a downtown street before gathering on the Capitol grounds to protest legislation like a bill that passed the General Assembly earlier in the week that requires an ultrasound before an abortion.

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 file photo, pro-choice advocate Margaret Doyle from Richmond, Va., is removed by Capitol Police from the General Assembly Building in Richmond after HB1, the bill that states human life begins at conception, passed the Senate Education and Health committee.

  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 1, 2012 photo, Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a news conference held by Personhood Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The group, which wants to ban abortions in Oklahoma, is launching a signature drive with the goal of amending the state Constitution to define a fertilized human egg as a human being. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23: Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown University and former president of the Students for Reproductive Justice group there, testifies during a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee February 23, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Fluke was blocked from testifying at last week's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's contraceptives hearing. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee February 23, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to hear testimony from Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown University and former president of the Students for Reproductive Justice group there, who was blocked from testifying at last week's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's contraceptives hearing. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2010 file photo, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference at The Queen's Medical Center looks on in Honolulu, after he was rushed to the hospital after experiencing chest pains during a vacation. Limbaugh, who for a quarter-century of radio dominance has gained clout and wealth with his salvos against Democrats, liberals, minorities, the poor and other disenfranchised groups. On his radio show, Limbaugh called Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke a "slut" who wanted the government to subsidize her sex life. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file )

  • FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2011, file photo Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. is launching a petition to pull radio talk show host Russ Limbaugh's show off the air after his comments about a Georgetown University law student. And in her latest attempt to link her opponent in a tight Senate race to national controversy over contraception, she's asking Heller, the incumbent Republican senator, to sign it. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

  • FILE - This Nov. 11, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., in Las Vegas. Berkley is launching a petition to pull the Rush Limbaugh show off the air after the conservative talk radio host's comments about a Georgetown University law student. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

  • Georgetown University law student and activist Sandra Fluke, center, speaks as co-hosts Joy Behar, left, and Sherri Shepherd listen during an appearance on the daytime talk show, "The View," Monday, March 5, 2012 in New York. Fluke talked about conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and the comments he made on his program after she testified to Democratic members of Congress in support of a requirement that health care companies provide coverage for contraception. Fluke told ABC's "The View" on Monday that she hasn't heard from Limbaugh since he issued a written apology late Saturday. (AP Photo/ABC, Lou Rocco)

  • In this Feb. 28, 2012, photo, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., talks to reporters following a Republicans strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. The Senate is debating Republican legislation aimed at taking a bite out of President Barack Obama's health care law. The measure, sponsored by Blunt, would allow insurers and employers to opt out of any requirements to which they object on moral or religious grounds. That includes the recently rewritten policy that shifts the cost of contraceptive coverage to insurers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Senate Democrats speak with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 1, 2012, after they defeated a Republican effort to roll back President Barack Obama's policy on contraception insurance coverage. From left are, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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