Romney outdated on women's issues, Obama ad says
August 6th, 2012
10:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney outdated on women's issues, Obama ad says

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign hit Mitt Romney over his position on abortion and contraception in a new ad this weekend, framing the Republican's stance as old-fashioned.

"This is not the 1950s," a woman in the ad says. "Contraception is so important to women."

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Obama's campaign cites Romney's support of a GOP-backed Senate amendment in March, which attempted to confront an Obama administration ruling requiring religiously-affiliated institutions to cover contraception in health care plans for female employees. Republicans, including Romney, argued the administration's policy violated religious freedom.

The new spot, "Important," also features clips of Romney vowing to "cut off funding for Planned Parenthood" and saying he was "going to get rid of" the organization.

The latter statement came from an interview the Republican candidate gave in March. After taking heat for saying he would "get rid of" the group, his campaign later clarified that he would support ending federal funding to Planned Parenthood, not the institution, itself.

"I don't think Mitt Romney can even understand the mindset of somebody who has to go to Planned Parenthood," another woman says in the commercial.

While once a supporter of abortion rights, Romney now says he believes life begins at conception and opposes abortion.

This marks the third commercial in the last month the Obama campaign has released targeting Romney on the issue, signaling the fierce competition between the two candidates over the crucial voting bloc of women.

The ad, which first appeared on television screens Saturday, will run in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada, the campaign said.

Romney's team responded in a statement Monday, turning the attention to Obama's economic policies, which the campaign says have "hurt women and families all over the country."

"Days after the unemployment rate increased and we reached 42 consecutive months with a jobless rate greater than eight percent, it is not surprising that the Obama campaign would release a false ad in an attempt to distract from the effects of the President's failed policies. Dishonest political attacks will not change the fact that President Obama has not turned around the economy, and his policies have hurt women and families all over the country. We tried it the President's way, and middle-class workers have paid the price. Mitt Romney has a Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will jumpstart the economy and bring back millions of jobs," Amanda Henneberg, Romney spokeswoman, said.


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. ghostriter

    IT is quite funny how the Romney camp answers any criticism with the same response. Let's try and change the subject back to the economy and jobs. But when asked about what he would do about it, he just says you gotta wait till I get elected to see what I will do.

    So Mittsy, if you actually gave us something we could talk about, we'd jump at it. As it stands, you don't even give us substance on the issues you do want to talk about. How do you expect to talk about anything else?

    August 6, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. rs

    Compared to modern American norms, and the Democratic Party, the GOP on women are far closer to the Taliban.

    August 6, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. ghostriter

    luca, you missed the reports that stated how much the stimulus helped. But don't take the reports' word for it. Ask Rick Perry what his state did with the stimulus money he loudly protested against and quietly took,

    August 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. rs

    lucaluca-

    News Flash-

    The Stimulus MADE money for the feds, and the 4.3 million jobs made doesn't seem to be a failure in anyone's opinion but your own.

    August 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

    CAMPAIGN MANAGER: Hello sir, the Dems have just released a new TV ad.

    ROMNEY: Just copy and paste the usual response and call it a "distraction".

    CAMPAIGN MANAGER: But sir, I think the American people are getting tired of our response.

    ROMNEY: Do you have a better idea?

    CAMPAIGN MANAGER: No sir, sorry.

    ROMNEY: Then, copy and paste the usual response and call the ad a "distraction".

    August 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. JP

    The ad says women don't care about economy, national debt, future of their children and so forth anymore, but about the $9 a month free contraception coverage. What a shameful ad.

    August 6, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    lucaluca

    obama says on his ad– they want to trickle down-but we know that doesnt work"' blah blah.
    but obama spent 800 bio on a stimulus package that didnt work–and wants to repeat that?
    ----------------------
    The Stimulus stopped the economic free fall. I suggest that you look up the month-to-month jobs numbers before and the months after the Stimulus was announced. I suggest that you compare the GDP and the markets, while you're at it in the months leading up to and months following the Stimulus. The Stimulus brought us in for a hard landing, not that hard crash ("Do nothing.") that the Republicans were advocating.

    Besides, the American people wanted a Stimulus. The cry at the time was, "You helped Wall Street. What about Main Street?" Since it was 40% tax cuts and another 40% was going directly to states, many Republicans were for it. You can tell they were by the way they proudly held up Stimulus checks for photo ops. The ones with Jindal are priceless.

    August 6, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Romney is a Mormon. Women are not allowed in the main Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City. There are no women in the upper ranks of church leadership. Nor any minorities.
    Romney's Grandfather fled to Mexico to avoid being prosecuted as a bigamist in the United States. His father was born Mexican and raised to be a polygamist.
    Romney comes from a long line of men who look at women as useful tools to continue their family and raise the boys.
    And Romney has stated many times that he wants this country to be a nation of Christian values. He also states that Mormons are Christians. So, which Christian values is he wanting for all of us? Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Church of Christ, Episcopalian or would he perhaps lean towards the Mormon faith. Then we could all be free to believe women are fit to be baby-Mommas and minorities are not fit to be leaders in this country

    August 6, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    Romney vows to get rid of Planned Parenthood and admitted support for an intrusive personhood amendment that would outlaw contraceptives for women.

    No matter how many flip-flops, Romney is sadly out-of-touch.

    August 6, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    The Obama campaign is going back to this??? Guess nothing else is sticking, eh?

    August 6, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Arfisher

    This election is not about Romney's taxes but Obama supporters can't find anything else bad about this man except that he is rich. To me this is his biggest asset that he knows how to be successful and can do so for this country. He is a doer and a problem solver. Let entertainers entertain and successful men run our country.

    August 6, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. ghostriter

    When you factor in republicans attempts to force women to have procedures performed like in VA, it kinda shows where they stand on this stuff. I wonder why these folks seem fine with little blue pills being available.

    August 6, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. ReaiityBites

    Mutilating and trashing unwanted fetus' seems barbaric to me.., guess I'm out of touch with the progressive women too.

    August 6, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. demwit

    Romney wants to balance the budget and pay off the debt..., clearly out of touch with women.

    August 6, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    demwit

    Women ARE better off now than they were 4 fours ago.., when you look at the right charts.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    As a woman, I can tell you that I AM better off than I was 4 years ago, and I don't need to look at any charts to reach that conclusion.
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    As a woman, I can tell you that I have, from a social standpoint, nothing less than I had 4 years ago... but from an economic standpoint, I have a LOT less than I did 4 years ago. I, like most Americans, am voting with my pocketbook.

    Romney 2012 – Change For The Better

    August 6, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    The Obama campaign is going back to this??? Guess nothing else is sticking, eh?
    -------------------------
    It stuck to him like a pot full of hot grits the first time. The first pot has cooled off, time for another one.

    August 6, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Craig

    I don't see how women, poor people, those with above average IQs, the middle class, or anyone could vote for Romney. He would be a disaster for America and set us back 60 years with today's debt thrown in.

    August 6, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. rla

    The democrats need to understand that women have more on their minds than sex!!! Too day women have achieved much and most of that within the republican party.... Liberals hate the fact that women actually think about things like jobs, the economy and moral issues beyond the dim prattle of planned parent hood.

    August 6, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    As a woman, I can tell you that I have, from a social standpoint, nothing less than I had 4 years ago... but from an economic standpoint, I have a LOT less than I did 4 years ago. I, like most Americans, am voting with my pocketbook.

    Romney 2012 – Change For The Better
    --------------------–
    The mind set that asks, "Are YOU better off....", is a textbook example of the difference between the conservative mind and the liberal mind. A moderate or liberal would ask, "Are WE better off....." The conservative mind is fixated on the self. What ever happened to "love thy neighbor"?

    August 6, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Really?

    Nice try, Obama, women can afford contraceptives if they manage their money (or even taxpayer money) right, but the country can not afford going down the road of Marxism and immorality; that's why more women will vote for Romney.

    August 6, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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