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McCain: GOP Needs To Give Up On Contraception

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The comments reflect deep unease that has settled in the GOP over their push for the Blunt Amendment to roll back the Obama administration's birth control rule, which McCain and all but one Senate Republican voted for. Democrats struck it down, and after subsequent events that cast the party in a harsh light on the issue of women's health, Republican leaders in both chambers have since slow-walked the matter.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has expressed a similar lament about the damage the issue has done to the party, and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the sponsor of the controversial amendment, has all but conceded defeat in the upper chamber.

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