A Brief History of How the Republican Presidential Hopefuls Have Regarded Women

August 7, 2015
"You know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart!"

Last night’s GOP debate spawned a ton of social media buzz and water cooler conversation this morning. With Donald Trump’s comb over at center stage, the event was a bit of a spectacle, with millions of Americans glued to the TV as if it were the Super Bowl.

No matter your political affiliation, you have to admit the top 10 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have many controversial opinions—and they've also said some super douchey s**t about women. Take a ride back in the time machine to the 1950s with these quotes and factoids:

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"They [women on welfare] should be able to get their life together and find a husband." Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said this gem when he was campaigning for his current job in 1994, according to CNN (he lost that election). Around the same time, he also said, "How you get on welfare is not by having a husband in the house" and blamed a rise in single parenthood on a lack of "shame" involved with having a child out of wedlock. 

 

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"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it." Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said this in early 2014, according to The Washington Post. He explained he was "empowering" women to be "something other than victims of their gender."

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"[God should] give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a different guy, because that will be a ‘visible sign’ of the breach of trust." Way back when he was in the Princeton debate club in the early '90s, Texas Senator Ted Cruz used this line, according to The New York Times.

 

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"If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her," real-estate magnate Donald Trump said on The View while promoting The Apprentice in 2006, according to Today.com.

 

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When protesters at a pro-Mitt Romney rally in 2012 starting chanting "Mitt kills jobs," ThinkProgress.org reported that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie responded with: "You know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart!"

RELATED: Where Hillary Clinton Stands on All of the Big Issues for Women

 

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Speaking to the "Values Voters Summit" in 2013, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said, "There is no war on women," according to LifeNews.com. "The war is on their babies. What we need to do is re-educate the women to understand that they are the defenders of these babies.”

 

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As Governor of Ohio, John Kasich signed a provision into law in 2013 that restricts state-funded rape crisis counselors from mentioning abortion as a possibility for unwanted pregnancy.

 

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"This is not about women's rights or contraception," Florida Senator Marco Rubio said to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren while speaking about President Obama's free contraception mandate in 2012. "This is about the religious liberties that our country has always cherished."

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Earlier this year, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said: “I mean, I think for most people who are concerned about that [pregnancy from rape or incest], it’s in the initial months where they’re most concerned about it," according to The Guardian. He also repealed Wisconsin's Equal Pay Enforcement Act. 

 

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has walked out of interviews with female reporters on multiple occasions. Once, he even shushed CNBC's Kelly Evans.

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