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Rep. Cleaver: ‘Quit exaggerating our political differences’

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The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), on Sunday condemned the charge by some Democrats that Republicans are engaged in a “war on women.”

Cleaver appeared on an Easter Sunday panel on CNN’s “State of the Union” to criticize the claim by some conservatives that the Obama administration is prosecuting a “war on religion” through its policy mandating that employees of religious organizations have access to contraception.

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Cleaver assailed that accusation as “absurd” and took issue with a criticism from evangelical activist Ralph Reed that the president had demonstrated “total insensitivity if not outright hostility to the religious beliefs of millions of Americans.”

“We’ve got to quit exaggerating our political differences,” Cleaver said. He pointed out that he had condemned fellow Democrats for comparing Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler.

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