Campaigning in Homer, Alaska, Republican United States Senator Lisa Murkowski lambasted the Republican Party for their 'war on women.' She also expressed deep regret on her own vote on the Blunt Amendment to restrict contraception. You would think with these sentiments and her deep concern she should be thinking about switching parties. The HomerNews.com quoted the senator as saying:
"I think what you're sensing is a fear, a concern that women feel threatened, that a long settled issue might not be settled," Murkowski said.
She cited things like conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh's remarks about a female Georgetown University law student, which Murkowski called "offensive, horribly offensive."
"To have those kind of slurs against a woman ... you had candidates who want to be our president not say, 'That's wrong. That's offensive.' They did not condemn the rhetoric," Murkowski said.
On abortion and contraception, Murkowski made her views clear.
"The right to a safe and legal abortion has been affirmed by the courts, and I stand by that," she said. "I will continue to support funding Planned Parenthood."
From her perspective as a Republican, Murkowski said she can't understand why some in her party have raised reproductive rights as an issue.
"It makes no sense to make this attack on women," she said. "If you don't feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters."
As for the Blunt Amendment, The Anchorage Daily News wrote:
"I have never had a vote I've taken where I have felt that I let down more people that believed in me," she said in a Sunday interview with the newspaper. Asked if she would vote for the amendment again if she could do it over, Murkowski said, "No."