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 BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return 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.