Romney says Obama shouldn't fundraise off same-sex marriage
May 10th, 2012
05:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney says Obama shouldn't fundraise off same-sex marriage

(CNN) – The day after President Barack Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, and later issued a call for donations, his Republican rival said the hot button topic shouldn't be used to raise campaign cash.

"I don't think the matter of marriage is really a fundraising matter, either for the president, and it is certainly not for me," Romney said Thursday on Fox News.

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He added, "I hope the issue as tender and sensitive as the marriage issue is not a source of fundraising for either of us."

On Wednesday, hours after Obama told ABC News he supports the rights of gay and lesbian couples to get married, he sent an email to supporters explaining the decision and making a fundraising pitch.

"Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer: I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry," Obama wrote in the email.

The last line was a call for donations: "More than 1.9 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today," Obama wrote while linking to a form for giving money to his campaign.

Romney remarked that political positions, like support for same-sex marriage, shouldn't be taken to score political points.

"I don't know there is a calculation about which positions are going to help and which positions will hurt politically. You have positions. You describe what they are. And hopefully people are focusing on the major issues of the day which relate to our economy and getting people back to work," Romney said.

Romney decried any attempts to sway votes by shifting positions – something the candidate himself has been accused of throughout the GOP primary and the general election.

"You don't change positions to try and win states, or certain groups of Americans," Romney said. "You have the positions you have. And for a long time, from the beginning of my political career I made it clear I believe marriage should be a relationship between a man and a woman."

When pressed to explain the perceived shifts in his position on same-sex marriage, Romney reaffirmed his platform, which he said was shared by his wife Ann and the rest of his family.

"Let me make it very clear, that my preference is to have a national standard that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. That would then allow states to determine what rights would be provided for people of the same gender that wanted to have a relationship," Romney said.

In the interview, Romney said it was "fine" for states to allow gay couples to adopt children, but said it was his preference to "encourage the marriage of a man and a woman and we continue to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman."

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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Hairball4Mittens

    This sounds familiar. Kinda like the don't politasize the killing of bin laden. So is that the new redneck thing to do. Tell folks you are about to hold back "not to get happy about their successes"?

    May 10, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Republicans have been fund raising off of social issues forever.........I guess they feel they have exclusive rights to this turf.

    May 10, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. BunnyBunny

    Romney is awful fast to tell Obama what he can and can't do. He wants to run as the anti-gay candidate. He don't want Obama to run on any of his accomplishments (GM, 4.1 M new jobs, bin Laden dead along with 24 top terror leaders).

    All the while Romney will not tell what his agenda is. Well, besides lowering taxes on the rich even more, while gutting Social Security and Medicare. Hiding where his money is. Who's his big donors are. Destroying hard drives as he left office.

    Something very UN-American about all that.

    May 10, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Janine

    You're blowing smoke to the wind, Mittens. Let's not even begin to list what the GOP does to raise funds. In your world, "corporations are human." Some of us are very proud of our President; he has guts and leadership. To put up with the crappola that's been handed him these past 3.5 yrs., including the worst Congress in history, has been incredible. G'bye, MIttens, you're done.

    May 10, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    This is laughable coming from a guy whose wife tweets about their kid having twin sons (like no one else in the world has), mentions at every campaign stop how he's been married for 43 years (probably seems like an eternity to Ann, since she and Mitt have never had an argument), brings up his views on gay marriage, etc., etc., etc., all in an effort to FUND RAISE.

    May 10, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. andy

    Bush fund-raised off of marriage. Just about everything is fair in love, war and now politics. I just donated to Obama. He was very brave to do what he did yesterday. That's leadership!

    May 10, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. The REAL TRUTH... (not the Imposter)

    Why not ? The Grand Obstructionist Party has fundraised for eons on crud such as family values, less taxes, smaller govt and things like the Contract with America.
    None of that has come to pass at the state or Federal level. A little fact checking will show that it has IN TRUTH been just the OPPOSITE. There plenty of examples, so I'll only list a few.
    – failed supply-side trickle-down economic policy that caused both Reagan and Bush 41 to raise taxes, RAID SS fund surplus, and INCREASE the sixe of Govt by 283,00 and 53,000 respectively.
    – Three WARS under the Bushies – two of which were ILLEGALLY started.
    – Record DEFICIT increases under Reagan, Bush 41 and Dubya (the highest ever at $.14T)
    – Many, mnay, many DEBT ceiling increases – 26 alone in Dubya's 2nd term.
    and so on....
    Wo why is this not OK for the Dem's?? Thanks for playing..

    May 10, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. FrankinSD

    I'm sure that when Republicans decide to stop fundraising on social issues, Democrats will be more than happy to oblidge. But I'm not going to hold my breath.

    May 10, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. CBR

    That is the first time that Governor Romney has talked about keeping any issue out of the race. However, this issue should not even be an issue in this country which touts so many freedoms for us all.

    May 10, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    It doesn't matter what the Mormon thinks – he'll change his mind tomorrow and do his own fund-raiser to oppose what he opposes today.

    The man is a pathological liar and money hungry. I don't trust him.

    May 10, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. bill

    what a joke. this guy would would charge to help an old lady across the street, will do anything to turn a buck. he's just ticked that he's statistically on the wrong side of this one and it won't fill his campaign coffers.

    May 10, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Texasgirl

    I know he did'nt say that......"You don't change positions to try and win states, or certain groups of Americans," Romney said. LMAO.....

    May 10, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. California Gary

    Sure Mitt.......lets make a deal. You don't fundraise off the abortion issue and Obama won't fundraise off the gay marriage issue. Deal?

    May 10, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Tony in STL

    Obama is going to run circles around Romney when this thing really gets started. Just like he did McCain. He's gonna have Romney all over the place! He's already in the driver's seat. Mark these words!

    May 10, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. slim pickins

    The "redefinition" of marriage over the years has always resulted in a definition of being as between a man and a woman.
    What's next, man and dog? woman and goat?

    May 10, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Richard Smith

    This president is just out of mind these days. Only God can save him on his re-election. I won't vote on him again

    May 10, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Chuck

    "You don't change positions to try and win states, or certain groups of Americans," Romney said. "You have the positions you have. "


    May 10, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Wally

    Hey Mittens, it's NONE of your business, loser...

    May 10, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Yeah, right

    It beats the GOPs fundraising on taking America back to the 19th century. Maybe he did the right thing for the wrong reason, but good for President Obama.

    May 10, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Kettle

    Pot meet kettle.

    May 10, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. FedUp

    I want to know how long Michelle, and the girls have been gay? If Mitt's wife was not qualified to answer questions about the economy and women "because she has never worked a day in her life", as spoken by a prominent Democrat, then how can Michelle and the girls possibly be qualified to answer questions or even form opinions about gay marriage?

    May 10, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. Kansas1968

    "I don't think the matter of marriage is really a fundraising matter, either for the president, and it is certainly not for me," Romney said Thursday on Fox News.
    That is unbelievable. Every time Romney says he is against gay marriage, folks send him money. He keeps producing campaign ads touting his conservative creditials, protecting marriage, etc., blaaa...blaaaa..blaaaa, and he know that.
    I personally think that Romney has no problem with gay marriage and that he personally supports a woman's right to choose. He just has to act like a pompous, judgemental, hateful, creep, so the Republicans will like him.

    May 10, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. belinda

    Maybe , he doesn't think bringing up the fact, that he physically and brutally, harassed Gay men in High School, was and still is, no big deal . I think it's because because of his shameless history , that this is a subject, that he wants to go away. I strongly suspect there is more to his Gay Bashing than just High School . If he behaved that way in High School , he behaved worse in College .

    May 10, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Romney speaking out the other side of his mouth! The Flipper himself, says you shouldn't say things to get votes? Hellooooooooo. Next time around he will say that he was the one who tried to remove the hate from this particular sect of the American public. Pathetic!

    May 10, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. belinda

    Romney is campaigning and getting money for promoting hate against Gay people. Why shouldn't President Obama ,campaign and get money for doing the opposite? Is he kidding?

    May 10, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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