John McCain (R-AZ) speaks about US energy policy at the Ronald Reagan building on April 23, 2007.National Journal

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on Sunday that the Republican Party needs to do a better job appealing to female voters, and part of that starts with how it communicates its stance on abortion.

"I can state my position on abortion," McCain said on Fox News Sunday. "Other than that, leave the issue alone."

Later, he added, "I'm proud of my pro-life position and record and if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views."

McCain also said the GOP needs to reach out to Latino voters. To do so, he said, Republicans should champion immigration reform.

"I think we have to have a bigger tent," he said.

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