U.S. Senate Candidate: No One Cares About Women's Issues

By Albert Lin

In an appearance on FOX News Channel, U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown (R-N.H.) alienated more than half his prospective constituency when he insisted that voters do not care about women’s issues such as reproductive rights and equal pay.

Brown, a former Senator from Massachusetts who moved to New Hampshire after losing his seat in the 2012 election, was asked by host Gretchen Carlson to comment on incumbent Jeanne Shaheen’s criticism of his voting record.

Shaheen, a former New Hampshire governor running for her second term in Washington, said of Brown: “He doesn’t stand up for women’s reproductive rights and economic security. He co-sponsored legislation to let employers deny women coverage for birth control or even mammograms. He had two opportunities to vote for equal pay laws and both times he voted no. New Hampshire women can’t trust Scott Brown.”

Brown’s retort to Carlson: “Unfortunately, I’m talking about issues that people care about.”

Calling himself “an independent, pro-choice Republican,” Brown said that he supports contraception and fair pay.

However, “while I’m talking about immigration, border security, veterans issues, where we stand when it comes to Obamacare and the devastating effects of that I’m focusing on the things that people are caring about.”

Brown then attempted to portray himself as a supporter of women (he has two daughters) by saying, “Those issues are affecting women, and women-owned businesses, and the rights of women.”

During his time as a Senator from Massachusetts, Brown co-sponsored a bill that would have allowed employers to opt out of any aspect of healthcare coveragesuch as birth controlon religious or moral grounds. He also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which requires employers to prove that pay gaps are based on education, training or and experience rather than gender.

Brown’s assertion that voters do not care about women’s issues contradicts an August poll by American Women that found that reproductive rights and economic security are the best issues to motivate progressive base voters and to persuade swing voters.

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