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03/10/2013 02:54 pm ET Updated Mar 11, 2013

Steve Schmidt: Republican Party 'Doesn't Give Equal Opportunity To Women' (VIDEO)

Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt had some harsh words for his own party on Sunday, criticizing the GOP's standing on equal opportunity for women.

As part of an NBC "Meet The Press" roundtable discussing gender roles in the workplace, Schmidt vowed that any organization where women are "not at the table" is "going to have problems."

"It’s one of the problems we have structurally in the Republican Party ... Any company, any organization in today’s day and age that doesn’t give equal opportunity to women, that doesn’t advance women to the table, is going to be an organization that has difficulty competing," Schmidt said.

The roundtable was centered on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's appearance on the cover of TIME Magazine and the release of her book, "Lean In." Economist Paul Krugman weighed in on the workplace debate on ABC's This Week, commenting that Sandberg's success highlights a broader problem.

“She’s not talking about the problems of every woman. That’s okay,” he said. “(The debate) in itself is telling us about how unprepared we are to have women as a full part of our society.”

The Republican Party struggled in 2012 with women voters, thanks to a series of controversial viewpoints on topics ranging from birth control to rape.

Watch HuffPost's mashup "2012: The Year Of 'The War On Women.'" for a look back at some of the more eyebrow-raising comments.

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