Steve LaTourette, Former GOP Rep, Sees 'Why We Don't Have More Women Voting For Republicans'

03/17/2013 02:31 pm ET | Updated Mar 18, 2013

Retired Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) opened up on Sunday about his party's struggles to procure female voters, admitting that he's not surprised by recent troubles.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, LaTourette highlighted the 2012 Indiana U.S. Senate race as a primary example, pointing to Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock's rape remarks.

"Mr. Mourdock, for instance, I mean -- we're supposed to wonder why we don't have the women's vote in this country when we have a candidate suggesting that a child born as a result of rape is a gift from God? I'm not wondering why we don't have more women voting for Republicans," LaTourette said.

During an October 2012 debate against then-Rep. and current Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Mourdock turned heads by classifying pregnancy from rape as "something God intended to happen."

"The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother," Mourdock said. "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

LaTourette is not the first Republican voice to express criticism of the party's standing with women. Last Sunday, GOP strategist Steve Schmidt accused the GOP of not giving equal opportunity to women. Back in January, former Secretary of State Colin Powell echoed similar views, arguing that the GOP is operating with a "dark vein of intolerance."

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