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09/21/2014 05:36 pm ET Updated Sep 22, 2014

GOP Strategist Accuses Democrats Of War On Women Over Debbie Wasserman Schultz Attacks

GOP strategist Ana Navarro elicited groans from fellow panelists on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday when she linked two recent negative stories about Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to a war on women.

"You wanna talk about war on women? Why don't we talk about the war that Democrats waged this week against the woman who heads the DNC. You saw all sorts of innuendo against Debbie Wasserman Schultz," she said.

"Let me tell you something, if a Republican had gone out and talked about how somebody wanted to spend all this money on clothes and say all the gossipy things they said about Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- with the White House's fingerprints all over it -- you all would be screaming bloody murder about the war on women," she said.

The stories that Navarro was referring to described tension between President Barack Obama and Wasserman Schultz, and included tales from anonymous sources that told how the DNC chairwoman had tried to get the organization to pay for her wardrobe. Wasserman Schultz has denied those allegations, and Democrats have tried to downplay any tension between the Florida congresswoman and the president.

Democratic political strategist James Carville immediately tried to dismiss Navarro's remark, saying there are more important issues affecting women.

"We got tens of millions of women living at the poverty line, that need the minimum wage, that need the health care coverage, that need all of this, and we're gonna talk about one story about some DNC chair in Washington as being evidence of a counter war on women?"

Navarro shot back, accusing Carville and other Democrats of a double standard and of employing similar tactics toward Republicans.

"That's what Democrats have been doing the entire time. Where, you know, you have maybe some crazy Todd Akin say some stupid remark and you pick on that one remark."

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