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. Indy

    Romney is far too rich to answer questions even though he claims he wants to be President.Romney is on a tear with his energy independence speeches/scams that would make Bernie Madoff very proud

    August 23, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. jake

    so much for free speech in america. romney just showed us hes a coward and a fool. this guy is not presidential material and does not deserve to be president. anybody who follows this fool is a fool thenselves.

    August 23, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. Yonni

    For Mitten's defense, he was ordered by Rush Limbaugh (the intellectual head of the Republican Party) yesterday.

    August 24, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Instructed to not ask certain questions?

    Sieg Heil, Herr Mittens!

    August 24, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  5. Governor 47th in Job Growth (excluding off-shored to China)

    Wee wimpy Willy. Some leader. This Romney dude is as scared an individual I've seen in politics

    August 24, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  6. Deb in MT

    No questions on abortion, or Akin.
    No questions on his taxes (or, refusal to release his returns).
    No questions about his experience/record as MA Gov.
    No questions about 'Romneycare'.
    No questions about his cult/religion.
    No questions about his real record at Bain.

    What–pray tell–can we talk about, Mittens: your favorite ice cream flavor? Will Ann at least answer that one for you, or does she think that's more than we people need to know?

    The man is a secretive, furtive coward. What a wuss.

    August 24, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. NotFooledByDistractions

    What a freaking coward. So mr. romney, do you think that as president you'll just get to speak only on the topics you choose?

    August 24, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. Larry L

    Romney's position on abortion – flip-flopped.

    Romney's position of healthcare – flip-flopped.

    Romney's position on immigration – flip-fllopped.

    Romney's positiopn on state's rights – flip-flopped.

    Romney's position on energy – Drill...drill... drill... even though we're drilling more now than ever...

    August 24, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  9. Larry L

    I care less about abortion than about all of the promises Romney makes. How will he pay for low taxes, no deficit, great healthcare, a huge defense budget, and a brand new embassy for Israel? Magic – like his underwear? Where are his tax returns? That's something he can't lie about – so he won't show us the truth.

    August 24, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. Ferathka

    Wow this guy is a fake and has no answers for anything.....surprise.

    August 24, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  11. Thomas

    Romney: Mass. health plan better than Obama's

    Now he tells us .Then when Obama asked for your help , why did you do and say or sugest nothing ?

    Mitt Romney , you are a selfish man !

    August 24, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. ValarMorghulis

    Nice, Romney will pre-screen the questions proposed by reporters then only answer those of his choosing. Talk about transparency. Mitt, the Twit is not fit to sit in the White House.

    August 24, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  13. enuff

    Not a good plan to win Colorado.

    August 24, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  14. NotSure

    Rational Republicans will soon have to stop defending Romney on every issue. He is a Climate Change denier who is okay with the platform of banning abortion in all cases. He takes large donations from corporations and in return tells the US that more drilling is the way towards energy independence? Really? You can be fiscally responsible and address Global Warming. Rocky Anderson left the Democratic Party because they would not draw a line in the sand. As Mayor of Salt Lake City he surpassed the kyoto goals 7 years ahead of schedule and increased the city's general reserve fund 64%. He is running on the Justice Party ticket. Check out his wiki page and his campaign site.

    August 24, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  15. Mike

    Romney can't handle a 5 minute interview with a local TV reporter but he is ready to President? Really?

    August 24, 2012 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  16. Trailoftears

    Ok, let be the first to say I voted for Obama, I was tired of all the political fighting between parties and I wanted America to once again prosper. Buyer’s remorse yes, but what I don't understand is how Romney is not wiping the floor with this GUY! 8.3 And I believe higher unemployment, $15 trillion in Debt, 61% believe we going in the wrong direction and all the campaign promises he has not for filled. Can someone please tell me why Romney is not beating this guy in the polls??? 47% Romney 46% Obama are you kidding, REALLY!!!!!

    August 24, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |

    Mitt the twit will soon run from reporters like Sharon Angle and Witch ODonnell did. He's going down in flames too .

    August 24, 2012 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  18. Jack in Florida

    What, no abortion questions?? What, no more questions about taxes?? He Mittens, where's the transparency??? Do you think the American people are that stupid to say OK, we won't ruffle Mittens feathers?!?!?!? You are so out of touch with the American's I know. You seem to be heading down the road of Bush/Cheney. NEVER AGAIN, MITT; NEVER AGAIN!!!!

    August 24, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  19. Qi

    You don't need to see my taxes and you don't need to ask me any questions. I am the truth, I am Mitt Romney..........

    August 24, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  20. syntnw

    That is what a Romney administration would be: We will tell you what we want you to believe and only what we want you to know. No questions.

    August 24, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  21. wgf

    Another day, another topic avoided by the Romney campaign. It's what they do.

    August 24, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  22. Hamsta

    d o Bama campaign picks and chooses its questions, instead of answering questions about the economy he uses division class warfare and a campaign of hate.

    August 24, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    Rush Limbaugh told GOP to not answer not to talk about abortion
    Rush Limbaugh is party leader

    August 24, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  24. vatoloke

    Per orders from the true GOP chairman of the board, Mush Limpnutz.

    August 24, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  25. mgc tampa

    Wow, no tax returns and now only approved questions. If he wins this will certainly be an open administration Yea Right!

    August 24, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
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