Huckabee defends comments as Miley Cyrus, Cosmo weigh in
January 25th, 2014
03:20 PM ET
11 months ago

Huckabee defends comments as Miley Cyrus, Cosmo weigh in

(CNN) - As more female voices are joining the clamor against him, Mike Huckabee is speaking out against critics, who, he says, distorted his comments on women.

"My whole point was that the women I know are intelligent, thoughtful, educated, capable of running things, capable of making big decisions - and they didn’t need the government to hold their hands. They were not victims of their gender," said the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate.


Huckabee was speaking Saturday on Fox News, where he hosts a talk show.

The controversy began with Huckabee's comments at the Republican National Committee luncheon Thursday, where he attacked Democrats' "War on Women" rhetoric, arguing Republicans do not have a "war on women," but a "war for women - for them to be empowered to be something other than victims of their gender."

He went on to use language that many have questioned.

"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," he said Thursday.

He defended that idea Saturday - and criticized today's "Twitter culture" for misconstruing his position.

"You cannot reduce thoughtful discussions to 140 characters and carry on what I would call an intellectually responsible conversation," he said.

"Democrats are the ones who have denigrated women and demeaned them. They are the ones who have made them appear that their real interests are not jobs, safe neighborhoods and good schools for their kids, and for a better country and for more liberty, that what they’ve got to have is a prescription for birth control and getting a free abortion," he added later.

The comments come as female voices turned up their criticisms.

Cosmopolitan, the women's lifestyle magazine, slammed Huckabee in a post on their site and encouraged readers to weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #CantControlMyLibido.

Soon, the topic was trending as the magazine retweeted readers' and tweeted its own pithy comments.

An hour and a half later, among those readers was the pop star Miley Cyrus.

"hey @Cosmopolitan I'm just sitting around unable to control my 'libido' & my 'reproductive system.' WBU? How's your Friday?" tweeted Cyrus in a post that drew thousands of retweets.

"Sexing randoms, the usual #CantControlMyLibido," replied Cosmo.

As the hashtag gained steam, other magazines and media companies started participating in the conversation.

"Sorry Huckabee RT @annabreslaw I was voted "Most Likely To Grind All Up Ons Things" because I #cantcontrolmylibido @GovMikeHuckabee," tweeted another women’s lifestyle magazine, Marie Claire.

"Gmail crashed because I #CantControlMyLibido @Cosmopolitan," tweeted fashion magazine Elle, in reference to a Google outage Friday afternoon.

"Miley Cyrus' #CantControlMyLibido tweet to @Cosmopolitan is everything (take that, Mike Huckabee): http://eonli.ne/1hU3Jrk," tweeted E!, the entertainment channel.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Name. MADMOTHER

    Another one bites the dust !!!! Next!!!

    January 25, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Looks like Mike is walking his comments back a bit. Not unusual for a Republican.

    January 25, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The women I know are also intelligent, but at no time have ever questioned Huckabee's health insurance paying for his Viagra or male enhancement drugs.

    January 25, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Vence

    I agree with Huckabee. Women libido is too expensive to pay!

    January 25, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Al

    Seriously I what universe did he think this was smart. These guys live in their little bubble and are truly clueless.

    January 25, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Fish

    Hey Huck, you have no excuse for your comments. So you're a preacher??? Do you ALLOW your wife to leave the house or maybe you gave her an ear tag like your dog??? Your comments where so Neanderthal they may my dog's ears bleed. How in the hell can a grown man think women are led by their libido when men have been wishing for that for ever??? Unfortunately for men Women are led by intellect men by hormones!!! Get it dufus??? BTW I am a hormone driven man who wishes that women were driven by libido!!!

    January 25, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Anthony

    Nothing turns off women more than Republicans talking about controlling women's libido.

    January 25, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Liz the First

    "My whole point was that the women I know are intelligent, thoughtful, educated, capable of running things, capable of making big decisions – and they didn’t need the government to hold their hands." Except when they want an abortion, right, Mike????? then they need big, strong congressMEN telling them they don't know what they're doing. what a typical repug hypocrite!

    January 25, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. with a grain of salt

    You see, they really don't understand why you want to think for yourselves. His inability to see any other point if view has merit.

    January 25, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Whit

    At this particular moment... I'd have to say that all this proverbial "mud slinging" just proves how much ALL people are lead by their hormones... Men AND women. Intelligence lies in the capacity to THINK even when your hormones have priorities of their own. To make good judgments and respond rationally in both word and action, IN SPITE of whatever opinions someone else offers is the ultimate form of rebuttal. Ultimately this determines whether YOU prove their statements accurate or not... So, go on. Keep at it with the senseless bickering... But the truth is, if you want to prove someone wrong... Shut up and step up. It will go farther that any thousand words strung together could ever dream of going.

    January 25, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @Jeff Brown in Jersey: "Looks like Mike is walking his comments back a bit. Not unusual for a Republican."

    And will soon blame it all on the "lame-stream media."

    January 25, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    Repubs, tea bags and folks like Huckster don't want women to have affordable access to birth control because then women would have greater control of their bodies and lives. Being able to plan pregnancies – both timing and total number of kids – would greatly help women of modest means improve their financial lives. Their kids would then have greater opportunities, including educational ones.

    As the pool of uneducated, intellectually-lazy people shrinks, so does the repub base. That's what folks like the Huckster are really afraid of.

    January 25, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. rs

    The only people who are saying women are "victims of their gender" is the GOP- which is why they are taking away women's rights- to contraception, to elective abortion and to protection from rapists (whose rights the GOP strangely protects).
    These are sick old men still fascinated with women's reproduction. Grow-up Huckabee.

    January 25, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Hmmm. The ever moral, all powerful preacher-man talks about "lady parts" with a real fascination of women's things and all. Now he's going to turn the channel and blame those with the lady parts for being all offended because they mistook his remarks without understanding he was only taking Democratic women.

    Part II of the preacher-saga: women-splaining to his Republican women [ being the subservient's they are they have no knowledge of Mr. Uncle Sugar and such like ] that he wasn't talking at them . Their menfolk control their libido's for them, so really; what's all the fuss-up over the preacher-man's word? Best to follow Mr. Rush's lead and name call the Democratic ladies. Them there Democrats ain't "one of us" anyway.

    True Republicanism at its best..............

    January 25, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Hairy reed

    Wire Palladin, S.F.

    In an earlier post, some RWNJs were upset that they felt a young black man was playing the victim card. They are angry that he was taking a page out of the republican play book. Christie, Vitter, Trey Radel, West, Ensign, Palin, Mittsy, Cruz, McCain, Boehner, and the rest of the GOP are the real experts at being victims when they are found out.
    ----------------------------------------–
    Another angry libtard.

    January 25, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Thanks Fish

    January 25, 2014 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. colowww

    Hay Mike Huckabee, you don't "pay for it", because spendin.g money on reproductive health care saves the government, employers, insurance companies, employees, and taxpayers money in the long run. Preventing unintended pregnancies and treating all the medical problems has proven to reduce the abortion rate, help lift families out of poverty, improve the health of mothers and children. So you are against contraception for religious reasons, whatever?, the vast majority of U.S. citizens don't share your belief. How people like you think your beliefs should trump everyone else is just ridiculous.

    January 25, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Samca

    The man is a nut. It is men that can't control their libido and women who need birth control to take away any need for theabortions that Republicans are so concerned about.

    January 25, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Debbie in Arizona

    Mr. Huckabee, no one distorted your words, but that is always the favorite excuse used by men like you. You have no clue that what you said was even offensive to women. As an intelligent woman, I do think of other things, besides free contraceptives and free abortions. The main thing occupying my thoughts lately has been how to get Republicans like you out of our government.

    January 25, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Bigwilliestyles

    GOP Clown Car reving it up for '14!

    January 25, 2014 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  21. Harold Ness

    Hahaha!!! Miley Cyrus... The voice of women everywhere. The shining example of what women should strive to be. Maybe she should go where Huckabee speaks and twerk him.

    January 25, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. S. B. Stein

    If that was really the case, then wouldn't there be other options for women to "control the libido" and the results? I think that more often it is the male that is more likely to be want do that.

    January 25, 2014 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. freedom

    Obama started this dialogue bringing Sandra Fluke asking for contraceptives. We all found that very offensive – and a subject that has very little to do with the state of affairs in our country. Huckabee is right on with his comments – you democrats brought this crude subject into the national dialogue, and he's responding to it as he sees fit. There's nothing offensive about that – and his thoughts are those of empowering women – not demeaning them. Don't start a dialogue you're not willing to continue.

    January 26, 2014 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. Ron L

    First of all if you read the entire text, THERE IS NO WAY TO MISINTERPERT his statement. I believe these statements actually expresses what he thinks about a lot of women. The bottom line, the statement shows an ignorance about the differing reasons women use birth control pills. The Republican party may not have a "war on women" but the definitely have "a lack of understanding about women".

    January 26, 2014 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. Lilly

    Yah! Huckabee time for women to go back to chastise belts in order to control libidos.

    January 26, 2014 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
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