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. Anonymous

    Even a Republice has to marvel at the crazy statements Romeny makes...dont change to get a certain blaock of people to vote...LMAO.. What politicia doesnt or havent done that...but thts is not the problem , Romeny does everyday and he must keep doing it to get the Conservative people to believe him(change is own ideas and beliefs) if he as any. Gat marriage, cant imagine (thats me talking) but I dont see where it is my issue. If they want to be marry, so be it. Im not trying to decide who can marry and who cant, that is between two peole who claims to love each other...and if they do, that is what marriage is about!

    May 10, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    I'll bet Mittens fundraises off his opposition to it. he's been basically asking Obama not to run for re-election for months now. 'don't brag about your accomplishments,' 'don't fundraise off your positions that actually stand up for average Americans.' does he expect Obama to withdraw from the race? because that's the only way this clown could win.

    May 10, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Ken

    Romny and the Republicans don't want the President to campaign, raise funds, or even run for re-election. What a piece if work these folks are.

    May 10, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens should not be able to fundraise on his lie about saving the auto industry.

    May 10, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Umm, you first, Willard.

    May 10, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. LoLo

    It is getting to hot for Mitten. He thought that he could get away with lying and flip-flopping all over the place and that he is still entitled to the presidency. Romney is a liar and a thief. The repulblican party/ TP want to be judge, jury and executioners all at the same time.This is not the American way. Wake up people!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Lenny Pincus

    Romney proved today he was a jerk in high school and remains a jerk. People who support this guy are nuts.

    May 10, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Dan

    Maybe MITT should raise funds on 6 guys jumping on 1 and cutting his hair,oh wait he does not remember.

    May 10, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. wake up

    Rommey, how are you going to win African American, Latino and Asian community to vote for you? I hear you hadn't pull any of them yet.

    May 10, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. jimatmadison

    "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.

    The Haters' checkbooks aren't opening up on this one any more, Mr Romney? Awwww.

    May 10, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Definitions of things have changed over the course of time. Certain groups were considered slaves, and then were other groups considered sub-human for various reasons. I am sure that various people have different rules and ideas that would have rules that are beyond our understanding. Why should this be any different?

    May 10, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Texas GOP

    I would have to go with Obama with this one even if I'm Republican. Come on Romney get a life.

    May 10, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. dnick47

    Again, muchado about nothing. Like it or not the U. S. is a pluralistic society. If you think it is wrong, no one forces you to do it unless the inaction distrubes the public peace. If you do something immoral or sinful by someone else's standards but it does not distrube the public peas=ce, so be it – the is ONE who is your judge. I personnally am not wise enough to know what the end of things will be except for what has been written in Revealation, but I do not think it will play out as some religious wing-nuts believe because the God they call upon follows His own councel and not their not mine nor your's: His own. When He's been second guessed, the guessers are always wrong – read your Bibles if you do not believe me, its in there.

    May 10, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Core republican Values

    Yeah, and Romney shouldn't fund raise on hatred, bigotry, and hypocrisy.

    May 10, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. Paul Price

    Romney has yet to say anything worth listening too. The Repubs lie, deny any help to lower and middle class, and now, this super-righteous clown is going to tell the President what to do? Obama 2012!

    May 10, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. Emerson

    The GOP has now adopted as one of its principles that marriage can only be a union between two narrow minded reactionaries who are members of the GOP and who have taken the Norquist Oath of Allegiance. When will they adopt a special salute that all patriotic, god fearing citizens must greet each other with or be sent to a re-education camp?

    May 10, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. Polarbear

    Flippity Flop's telling others to not change positions to sway voters. Delicious.

    May 10, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  18. Gone Too Far

    Romney and the GOP bring up divisive issues concerning gay rights, women reproductive issues and same-sex marriages!
    But when questioned about these issues, they say that Obama should not discuss these issues nor should they. Sorry GOP but you can't shoot a flare in to the sky and then claim that you did not see it and will not discuss it while stating that the ones who saw it are liars.

    May 10, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Nora

    Why shouldn't he raise money off that issue, or any other for that matter? I think Romney's being a little precious here.

    May 10, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. Nick

    Why not? GOP has been fund raising on women's rights and other issues.

    May 10, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Niko_in_Richmond

    So, President shouldn't fundraise over his stance on marriage; yet, Romney and his wife were giddy about fundraising off of Hilary Rosen's comments regarding Ann Romney's never having a job as if Obama himself said it? Can this man be more of a hypocritical fraud. The Republicans really just need to grow up & stop whining over everything under the sun. What a tool!

    May 10, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  22. Dan J

    So let me get this straight, Obama and Romney, while their personal beliefs differ on these issues, support the same policy when it comes to gay marriage? So why is Obama suddenly getting so much praise?

    May 10, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. bkgrandma

    "You don't change positions to try to win states or certain groups of Americans"!!!!! Did America's biggest flip flopper really say that? He has been doing that since he decided to run for POTUS and wants the tea party vote. This man has to be the biggest hypocrit in the country. Let's elect an honest man...OBAMA 2012!

    May 10, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  24. seo

    So its OK for Romney but not Obama, give us a break!

    May 10, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Brian

    Please, he definitely has millions donated from anti-gay groups and supporters. He's just worried because Obama will raise more than him because of it. Gays have the most expendable cash don't cha know?

    May 10, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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