Republican men need more sensitivity on women's issues, Boehner says

Lauren Schneiderman

Republican men in Congress “aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be” when it comes to running against female candidates and appealing to female voters, Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ohio) said Thursday.

“We’re trying to get them to be a little more sensitive,” Boehner said at his weekly Capitol press conference. “You look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican caucus. And some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be.”

The Speaker was responding to a question about an article in Politico reporting that Republican men were getting a form of sensitivity training from party leaders.

In recent elections, a number of Republican Senate candidates have torpedoed their chances by making comments decried as insensitive or outright offensive to women.