Retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said that Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment turned women off of the Republican Party, during an appearance on CNN's "Starting Point" Thursday.
Comments from candidates like Akin "really tainted the party," Hutchison said, explaining the gender gap that helped Democrats win Tuesday night. "I think it's the feeling that Republicans don't get it."
Hutchison said the GOP needed to "fashion a party around the economics and the longterm viability of the economy for our country." When it comes to the gender gap and how Republicans talk about women, she said, "we definitely have to address this issue."