April 27th, 2012
09:56 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: War on women?!

Anderson Cooper is keeping Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, honest tonight. House Republicans, with a handful of Democrats, voted Friday to keep interest rates on government-backed student loans from doubling in the not-too-distant future. Most Democrats, including Maloney, opposed the move. They blasted Republicans, accusing them of raiding a preventative care fund in President Obama’s health care law, as a way to pay for their bill. Democrats claim it’s another example of what they call the GOP’s war on women. But when Anderson pointed out that Democrats, including Maloney, dipped into that very same fund to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut earlier this year, things got a little heated. Not only that, but the prevention fund does not appear to specifically target women’s health. As Maloney points out, the preventative measures funded in the health care bill do benefit women and their families. But if Democrats have raided this fund before, and if the fund does not specifically target women’s health programs, can they really call what Republicans did Friday a “war on women”? We’re Keeping Them Honest.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Josie Mckay

    I think perhaps it was a bit hyperbolic to say that this specific incidence was a war on women although there is clearly some background that "feeds" into the political agenda for both major parties. However, as a woman I would also say that it is clearly the republican party which may not be waging a "war on women" but certainly is not concerned with the rights of women. The most outrageous example the requirement for an ultrasound prior to abortion promoted in Virginia. I can't imagine anyone supporting a law that would involve the penetration of a woman's body without her consent not to mention the incredibly vile comments by Rush Limbaugh about the George Washington student. These things do make me think there is certainly very little interest in women's issues by the Republican party.

    May 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  2. Raj

    She won;t even answer the question even though Anderson asked it like 7 times. Then she purposely misunderstands it at the end and won't let Anderson clarify his question. The reason she does this is because it she can't say it isn't political because she won't be able to justify it, and she of course doesn't want to admit that it is political.

    April 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  3. Logan

    It makes me mad that Democrats like Mrs. Maloney fail to prepare for the arguments that they know will come from their statements. The truth is that it is a continuation of the war on women. The Republicans could have got the money for the student loan rates by ending a tax break for the oil companies that are making record profits quarter after quarter but instead they chose to get it from a fund that does benefit women (even if only .23% specifically goes to women only causes). Just because women are not the only victim of the Republican bill doesn't mean that women are not being hurt by the Republican choice for funding the bill. Again, the Rupublicans choose to favor big oil by taking away from the benefits for women in the health bill instead.

    April 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  4. Diane Griffin Ellis

    OMG!! Thank you Anderson Cooper!!! It's about time someone in the media put these people up against the wall!!!

    April 28, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  5. John henry

    Since some $ have already taken out of the fund to offset payroll tax cut, it seems time to close some loop holes for this initiative. Why do you want to argue the point.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Paul Ernest Show

    Anderson, maybe "war on women" may sound very harsh, but one cannot deny that the GOP has been punting with and diminishing the welfare of women, lately. From the state levels to the national level, the evidences are staring us in our faces and denial is unjust to women. It is feeling like exploitation and premeditated acts of disrespect and disregard for women. This is, and ought to be beyond partisanship. The truth is just too bare. I wonder what these GOP spouses are thinking or feeling.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm |