Reporter: Romney campaign didn't allow abortion questions
August 23rd, 2012
07:13 PM ET
6 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. The GOP Voucher Plan will contain a "Legalize Uthanasia" clause and a free gun for suicide

    The old people will need it when their health care dollars run out.

    August 23, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. labman57

    Team Romney suffers from the same weakness as do Palin, Bachmann, Santorum, Cain, and other gutless political lightweights:

    Mitt regards any reporter or interviewer who has the temerity to hold him accountable for his previously stated positions to be a bullying, biased member of a left-wing conspiracy, and he views any question for which he is unwilling or unable to provide an honest, substantive question to be a "gotcha" question.

    In short, Romney and his campaign staff feel that members of the news media should act as though they are working for his public relations department, only asking him the questions that he WANTS to be asked.

    It's curious. Romney says that he is highly qualified to be POTUS based on his extensive experience as a "job creator" and fiscal manager while at Bain ... however we should not be allowed to analyze or critique said business experience, nor his ethics and values with respect to taxation policies.

    Mitt to news media and Obama campaign:
    "Don't discuss my personal finances, my business practices, my recent overseas trip, the socially conservative policies and legislative proposals of my running mate, and most of all, don't discuss my own policies and programs while Governor of Massachusetts."

    Okay, let's talk about something totally benign ... "Mitt, how's Seamus? What? Don't talk about the dog either?"

    August 23, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. Bill

    I wonder why I even follow this prejudiced site.

    August 23, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Pete

    So Romneys blocking anything damaging like anti- abortion issues,something he and his Ayn Rand diciple Ryan voted for last year.Remember all abortions would be illegal,even in the insteance of a woman's life being threatened.But now the flipper has flopped again,you can't nail any of these republican hypocrites down on anything,its their inherient trait,Bush did it too but it was more ignorence than anything else.And now Ryan has the disease,flippitest or the disease of foot in mouth,just be carefull what type of footware that's going to be worn,golf or baseball shoes are excluded.And please don't speak with your mouth full,it kills the whole effect..No socks required..And please when running from reporters don't look so obvious republicans,we do know what you're up too!!!

    August 23, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. nintex


    August 23, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. MaryM

    HA, because Akin exposed the GOPs dirty little secret and that Akin and Ryan are policy buddies

    August 23, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Dina Oliver

    His silence speaks volumes!!!

    August 23, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. The Reprobate

    Oh Willard...the more they get to know you, the less they want to vote for you...Oh Willard the Weather vane what is your position today?

    August 23, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Thomas

    GW Bush did the same thing . Only letting the press submit questions , and only responding to the ones they wanted to answer.
    I'm sure Romney will do the same as Bush and plant there own questions to fictional journalists.
    Romney = GW Bush

    August 23, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Jane

    Yes it IS how they operate! At best, both Romney and Ryan are masters of the no answer answer, and thus far, the media (which the right always screams is biased in favor of liberals...what a joke) has been giving them a pass. Why are the press so afraid of calling a lie a lie???? We'll probably get godawful softball questions at the debates too.

    August 23, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. Daniel

    For all those Republicans who think Mitt Romney is the best thing sense sliced bread, please do yourselves a favor. Google Mitt Romney's investments in Stericycle. You might be in for quite a disturbing surprise. Go ahead, you may have to change your mind about this man who puts profits before anything else.

    August 23, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Amazing

    Are you really surprised that he would have this restriction?

    August 23, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Well, well, besides lies and half truths about the President what else is there to talk about or ask this twit?
    His business experience is bain but he won't talk about it. The Olympics was saved by taxpayer money so he didn't really save it all by his lonesome self. He won't release his taxes like he has been asked time and time again by "you people" but he did pay 13% which is much less than the average American worker. He used to support Planned Parenthood but now he is siding with his altar boy woman hater (see H.R. 3) and his buddy akin. He raised fees for hunters in MA four times while governor but now he is up the NRA's behind. He is a bully but he doesn't want to talk about what he did in prep school. He and that ugly wife of his abused Seamus and even though they thought it was funny they don't want to talk about it either.
    What's left? Medicare and voucher programs. Cutting Medicaid to the poor and children?
    Is there anything good and decent left for this cretin to do?

    August 23, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Willard Mitt Romeny running away from Akin just as fast as he is running away from taxes. Or, should I use a more accurate word "hiding?"

    August 23, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. ruemorgue

    What a surprise. Gee. The Party Of God's head bigot does not want to address the oppression and hatred of women expounded by the Party Of God Platform.

    August 23, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Sue

    Mr. Romney certainly is picky about what topics he's willing to discuss! I suppose I would be too if I waffled as much as he does. While I understand one panders to their audience but he takes it to new levels. I must admit that after voting in many presidential elections (voting both Democratic and Republican) I never had a fear of which candidate would win. This year is different and I can honestly say I am fearful for our country if Romney/Ryan were ever to win the election. They are both self-absorbed individuals and ONLY interested in their own self-promotion. Barack Obama is NOT responsible for the state of this country today. NOBODY could have fixed the damage done by the GOP in Bush's tenure in 4 years and the last thing we need now is to change horses in mid-stream by electing two men who only have their own self-interest at heart.

    August 23, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. labman57

    Perhaps Romney - channeling Todd Akin's ignorance about the human body - believes that the human brain shuts down when confronted with the stress of questions that it is not equipped to process.

    August 23, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. NoTags

    Next Romney will be giving reporters a list of questions they can ask. He doesn't want to be asked any questions about religion, taxes, or abortion. He also doesn't want to be asked about why the computers were changed when he left the governors office in MA. Romney has too many secrets to be POTUS.

    August 23, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Mitt, afraid of the truth AGAIN!

    August 23, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. nothing new here

    Answer the questions, Mr. Romney.
    The voters have a right to know what else you plan to flip-flop on.

    August 23, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. ron

    Romney is a fraud....

    August 23, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I can understand the diversion from from the topic, but these are topics that some people value. I can't understand why it is so important.

    August 23, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. Sheon1

    He is such the generic repub, one size fit all. A man who has stood for many things before he was against them.Why would we Americans put our fate in his hands? He has yet to tell us how he feels about the issues other President Obama isn't one of us so vote for me. Will the real Romey please stand up?

    August 23, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. edmundburkeson

    I'm glad they are not falling for their diversionary tactics and sticking to the issues that matter. This attempt to sideline the debate is really a disgrace. they need to ignore the attempts no matter how many rape victims they bring forward, judges that are declaring civil war. It will only take us away from the issues that matter. Like: Does Obama deserve 4 more years? I think the answer to that is clear and it is the reason they are attempting to turn the debate to a less significant and what they perceive as a more winnable battle ground. Stay focused!!!

    August 23, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. enuff

    That's not the way to win Colorado.

    August 23, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
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