Obama campaign: Romney dishonest on abortion

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:47pm EDT

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) claps during a town hall campaign stop at Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio October 10, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) claps during a town hall campaign stop at Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio October 10, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama campaign on Wednesday said Mitt Romney's most recent comments on abortion were examples of the Republican presidential candidate's dishonesty and deception.

Romney told the Des Moines Register late on Tuesday that "there's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."

A few hours later, the National Review reported Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said "Governor Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life." Then CNN quoted her as saying "Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president."

That led to a blast from Obama's campaign on Wednesday.

"We saw proof of Romney's dishonesty yesterday when he didn't tell the truth about his extreme position on abortion and then got fact-checked by his own campaign," said Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama, on a call with reporters. "He's trying to hide his real position, but there's no hiding when you're president."

Obama's campaign has hounded Romney since last week's debate about misrepresentations it says he made during last week's debate against the president. For example, Obama aides noted that Romney claimed his healthcare plan would cover most people with pre-existing conditions. Shortly after the debate Romney's campaign acknowledged that it would not.

Abortion is especially sticky for Romney. Republicans have long fought to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, while Democrats have protected it. His Republican primary rivals questioned Romney's commitment to limiting the procedure, given that he supported keeping abortion legal when he ran for Massachusetts governor in 2002.

The 2012 Republican Party platform added a line to its longstanding anti-abortion clause saying the party supports a "human life amendment" to the Constitution that gives unborn children the same right to life as all Americans.

Cecile Richards, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund president who is volunteering for the Obama campaign, said it was disingenuous for Romney to say abortion is not part of his agenda.

"There's no way for him to hide from his positions he's taken repeatedly over the years - his support for overturning Roe, defunding Planned Parenthood, and ending birth control access for women through their insurance plans," she said. "Women frankly can't trust Mitt Romney and the American people clearly can't trust him to be honest and just direct about where stands."

(Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (3)
moonhill wrote:
Obama is behind in the polls so the Democrats have to stir up the “Republican war on women”. I think Obama’s lies and coverup about the Libyan ambassador’s death will be the downfall of Obama. If he wants to see a liar, he has only to look in a mirror. Obama also thinks if a baby survives an abortion attempt, nothing should be done for the child. It should just be left to die. That’s the kind of person he is. His voting record as a senator proves it. He is also for the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion, whic is really infantacide.

Oct 10, 2012 4:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
checkthefacts wrote:
And all romney said is he isn’t aware of any current legislation and it’s not part of his agenda. That doesn’t change his position on the matter. Wow the attacks continue. Obama is getting more desperate.

Oct 10, 2012 4:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sensibility wrote:
Ha. Obama has been beaten on the most important issues, so he is now trying to stir up anger at his base over social issues. Typical. Can’t wait for that next debate so Romney can expose the hypocrisy once again.

Oct 10, 2012 5:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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