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WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Huckabee's comments about contraception are providing quick fodder for Democrats and a headache for Republicans trying to market themselves as a better choice for female voters.

The former Arkansas governor and potential future presidential contender told fellow Republicans on Thursday that Democrats are trying to win over female voters by promising them birth control and telling them they cannot manage their sex lives without the government's help.

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Huckabee "has no idea what he's talking about."

White House press secretary Jay Carney says Huckabee's remark "sounds offensive" to him and to women.

In Kentucky, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign is seeking to paint her Republican rival, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as in lockstep with Huckabee against women's rights.

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