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 McCaskillSanders aide: Easier for Dems to unify if Wasserman Schultz steps down Dem senator: DNC head ‘has to make a decision’ on her own future Wasserman Schultz fights to keep her job MORE (D-Mo.). Akin famously said women's bodies can stop from becoming impregnated when they are subjected to "legitimate rape."

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