Reporter: Romney campaign didn't allow abortion questions
August 23rd, 2012
07:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Reporter: Romney campaign didn't allow abortion questions

(CNN) – While the campaign did not deny the restriction was given, a spokesman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign pushed back Thursday against a report that a television reporter was instructed not to ask Romney certain questions in an interview.

In response to the charge, a Romney campaign official told CNN, "This is not how we operate. The matter is being addressed."

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The reporter, Shaun Boyd of CNN affiliate KCNC in Denver, Colorado, said she conducted a five-minute interview with Romney earlier Thursday. The station's news director, Tim Wieland, told CNN that the Romney campaign offered the interview but said the candidate would not discuss abortion or Rep. Todd Akin, whose controversial comments landed him - and his party's stance on abortion - in the spotlight.

"The one stipulation to the interview was that I not ask him about abortion or Todd Akin," Boyd said in her report. "He's the Missouri Republican who created a firestorm after saying women's shut down in a legitimate rape to prevent pregnancy. I did ask him about health care, the female vote, and energy."

Romney was in New Mexico on Thursday and delivered a speech on energy.

Video from the interview was posted on the station's website and highlighted in an email to reporters from President Barack Obama's campaign.

– CNN's Jim Acosta, Adam Blaker, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Romney is used to the business world where he fired anyone who questioned him. He is struggling in a world where freedom is the norm.

    August 23, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. gord

    no questions please-i am running for president

    August 23, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. TNPatriot

    I'm Mitt Romney and you 'little folks' aren't worthy enough to question me on anything I don't want to talk about. And you peons need to stop asking for my tax returns, why would I show you how much I cheated the government and 'you little people' out of.

    August 23, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. love344@tiscali.it

    of course Romney Sara Palin

    August 23, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. DW

    Move along now, nothing to see here.

    August 23, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. tkret

    Why is this such a big problem? It is quite common to have media reminded to ask questions on certain subjects. Sometimes the subject matter in those instances is known to all media attendees, other times it is suggested or hinted at that certain specific topics are for the present untouchable.

    August 23, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Sean

    This is a typical GOP scenario. Putting fear on voters, lying to get our votes whiles dodging the major issues. God forbid, we will never vote a flipfloper like mitt Romney to the white house period.

    August 23, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. mcskadittle

    those liberal media and their gotcha questions

    August 23, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Phil Thomas

    Jim Acosta never look at this guy the same way after he did an Interview sitting on Romney's lap and then threw some soft balls at the campaign manager for Mitts on Sunday. Then this clown attacks Stephanie Cutter pretty hard, I saw both interviews back to back and I lost respect for the guy. Look Candi if you read these boards leave Acosta out of your show, been watching it for years with John King and Wolf and I switched the channel Sunday and watched Fox.

    August 23, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. livingston

    The list of things that he refuses to talk about is getting awful long. Soon his press conferences will consist of him standing on the podium and just staring. Well, at least he won't be lying then.

    August 23, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Bill

    Mittens can not keep dodging forever. Thankfully, informed and intelligent voters can see through his deception, shallowness and never-ending flip-flops. Just think, soon he will be able to go back to one of him homes and write a book about his failed candidacy.

    August 23, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. sayer

    If the CEO doesn't want to talk about it, he tells everyone not to talk about it and they listen. That's not how we operate in this country, Mutt.

    August 23, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. The Elephant In The Room

    Romney needs these reporters more than they need him. These reporters need to adhere to their prodessional journalistic cannons and ask the relevant questions wether they be about tax returns [relevant due to tax policy], Mr. Akin [relevant due to abortion & Roe vs. Wade], Bain / business experience [relevant cause Romney said that`s why he should be elected], or time as Governor of Massachusetts [relevant cause it is his 1 governmental leadership role].

    Romney is use to being the boss that can squash dissenting remarks/views. That`s not the way the Presidency works and thes so-called journalists need to man up and not let the GOP play them for desperate, ratings hungry fools.

    August 23, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Leslie

    The reporter should have questioned him about STERICYCLE, A COMPANY THAT DISPOSES OF ABORTED FETUSES. Romney & Bain were heavily invested in it before he pulled out for the election. Do the research yourself! THAT IS WHAT IS ROMNEY HIDING ON HIS TAXES!

    August 23, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Rather than ask him about abortion and expect an honest answer why not just ask him for a look at his tax returns?

    Romney won't be able to dodge these questions in national-level debates. He will be most uncomfortable in one of his rare efforts to tell the truth.

    August 23, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. DRAKE MALLARD

    These Republicans are exceptional liars. Ryan sponsored any number of bills in the House limiting abortion even if the life of the mother was sacrificed, re-defining rape along with Akins, and the federal personhood bill. These Republicans are throw-backs to the Dark Ages, and do not belong in any public office. They try to bring it all back to the economy, but what these cretins don't understand is that women's health is an economic issue for them and their families. This all out assault on women and their health choices needs to stop now

    "And both Romney and Ryan backed proposals to outlaw abortion ... even in cases of rape and incest

    Dr. Jack C. Willke, a physician whom abortion-rights opponents often reference when making the claim that pregnancies from rape are uncommon, served as a surrogate for Romney in his bid for the party's 2008 nomination.

    August 23, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. craig

    "This is not how we operate. The matter is being addressed."

    Apparently we have yet another Rmoney lie here. Either the reporter was or wasn't told the story was off limits. This story says the campaign didn't deny it happened. So...who's telling the truth? Given his track record, I'm betting it's not Rmoney.

    Can't talk about abortion-related questions.
    Won't talk about his time at Bain.
    Won't discuss differences between his time as Governor and what he's saying now.
    Won't release his taxes.

    What's left to talk about? The Weather? Erm...nope. Climate change is another big no-no.

    Hey, how about those Yankees?

    August 23, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    No reason to answer that question again....he made a statement on the subject, he plainly said he does not agree with Akin...the Mormon church for goodness sakes oks abortion. Romney is not responsible for everything out of every Republicans mouth. Did Biden apologize by the way for the back in chains remarks? He's the VP, Akin is not a running mate or even in Romneys campaign.

    August 23, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    No guts, no glory.

    He can run, but he's hiding too much already.

    Do we need that secrecy in the White House? like Cheney's secret meetings wlth Oil Executives?

    August 23, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. drjmng

    Way to go, Romney campaign! Keep talking about the economy and Mr. Mediocrity will lose.

    August 23, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Michael

    The flipper is scared of doing more flopping, due to the Paul Ryan and Todd Akins connection

    August 23, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Pander Bear

    Censoring the press? How Republican of you Mitt. Are you ever going to do an interview with someone and allow them to ask you actual questions?

    August 23, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. AK_steve

    "Please don't ask me hard or controversial questions. It's one of the few things I can't blame on Obama."

    August 23, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Matt

    Actually, that is how you operate, because, you know, that's what you did.

    August 23, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. DarqueSide

    Way to handle those tough questions, Mitty! Seems like the Romney campaign strategy continues to be "RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!"

    August 23, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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