Retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison let loose this a.m. on CNN on what happened to the GOP Election Day: "We had Republican candidates who got very high profile and said some very stupid things. I think that really tainted the party," she said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
She pointed the finger at Mo. Senate candidate Todd Akin who talked about "legitimate rape" and said that women who were raped had ways to prevent becoming pregnant. Hutchison said that although Republicans immediately ostracized him, Democrats were relentless in bringing up Akin's comments as a wedge againt the GOP.
Ind. GOP candidate Richard Mourdock followed up in his race saying that a woman getting pregnant as a result of rape was "what God intended." To all this, KBH said, according to CNN, that the party must "stop acting like the woman is a throw-away."
Both Akin and Mourdock lost their races.
"People have personal beliefs, and what we need to do is fashion a party around the economics and the long-term viability of the economy of our country," said KBH. "When people start trying to go into such personal issues and then try to form a party around it, it's very difficult."
-- Maria Recio