GOP lawmaker: Romney a ‘kid’ who needed help from ‘dad’ Ryan

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Sessions explained generally that Republicans are still able to win when they field "good candidates." But he said some candidates in the last election were "lazy, undisciplined, didn't know what they were talking about, and shot their mouth off."

As an example, Sessions noted Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) failure to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillFacebook steps up fight against fake news The Trail 2016: Off the sick bed McCaskill: Trump and Dr. Oz a 'marriage made in heaven' MORE (D-Mo.). Akin famously said women's bodies can stop from becoming impregnated when they are subjected to "legitimate rape."