“You have to connect with women on an emotional level,” said Mark Jacobs, the West Des Moines Republican running for an Iowa U.S. Senate seat in 2014. The response came during a question on Channel 13’s The Insiders Sunday.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has worked to train male candidates on better ways to speak to female candidates, according to a Politico story. It’s in the aftermath of Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape.”
Jacobs said he has learned the best way to communicate with women, thanks to many conversations with his wife of 25 years, along with his 18-year-old daughter.
But some Democrats have ripped on Jacobs following his comments. The Iowa Democratic Party sent out a statement saying:
“Huffington Post posted a story today about Mark Jacob’s appearance yesterday on The Insiders, saying candidates have to “connect with women on an emotional level.” Clearly, Jacobs didn’t get Speaker Boehner’s message last week, when he said “[We’re] trying to get them to be a little more sensitive,” of fellow Republicans at a press conference on Thursday.
Once again, the GOP proves that their “rebrand” failed. Enough of the patronizing tone – women are just looking for leaders to represent the values important to them and their families. Emotions or a softer tone will not convince women to vote for a party that opposes equal pay, refuses to cover preventive care, or limits a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.”