Former First Lady Laura Bush: Some 2012 GOP Candidates Frightened Women

Responding to questions about the percentage of women who voted for President Obama in last year’s election, former first lady Laura Bush told CNN last night that conservative candidates with extreme views on reproductive science are not the norm in the Republican Party.

She told Erin Burnett OutFront that “every candidate was different,” but that some were “obviously examples of candidates who frightened some women.” Those candidates, she said, “were the exception rather than the norm in the party.”

Bush went on to say that social issues shouldn’t be ignored just because of the party’s struggle to talk about them in an appealing way to voters.

“All of those social issues are very, very heartfelt by people,” she said. “And I understand their differences. And I’m glad that in our party we have room for all of them. I think that’s important too.”


  • Avid Reader

    Put up the clip where Erin tries to get Laura to say it’s ok to be anti-Semitic; I bet it’s on Mother Jones:

    ERIN BURNETT: An Egyptian woman, her name’s Samir Ibraham, and she’s done a lot of things, courageous things. She’s also been criticized for sending tweets that are anti-Semitic, anti-American. Does the U.S. need to accept that when we want to make change. You have to support people that do those things – financially in term of awards, in terms of all these things – because it pays off in the end?”

  • Edward

    For some reason Laura Bush seems to be on a bit of a media blitz trying to burnish her image with the right wing of her party. From her recent request to remove herself from a campaign promoting gay marriage (which she has very publicly supported) to this rather odd propaganda piece, she is apparently veering off toward the extreme positions that the Republican party promotes.

    No matter how Mrs. Bush tries to spin it, Republican candidates like Akin merely stated the same positions that the party promotes. It’s not a “one off” kind of situation – it’s ingrained in the party and its platform. NO exceptions for abortion, NO budging on anti-gay positions, etc. If I’m not mistaken, Akin’s positions aren’t even as extreme as Paul Ryan’s, who is considered a party leader.

    Mrs. Bush was once considered the rather sane one, but with her latest statements I don’t think the high esteem that many people hold her in will continue. When she should stand up and say Akin and others were wrong, instead she says there needs to be room for all. There’s simply no justification for that. Sad.