Planned Parenthood targets Romney in swing state
September 25th, 2012
09:33 AM ET
6 years ago

Planned Parenthood targets Romney in swing state

(CNN) - Planned Parenthood Votes, a super PAC, released a new television ad Tuesday in Virginia that hits Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as out of touch with women.

The ad, "Cynthia's Story," features a patient who credits Planned Parenthood with helping her survive a battle with cancer.

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"I could feel a lump in my abdomen. I was very scared. Planned Parenthood saved my life with an early diagnosis of cancer," she says in the ad.

Planned Parenthood Votes paired up with the health care organization's private arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, to pay for the $3.5 million ad buy announced earlier this month. The groups say the new ad will begin airing in northern Virginia markets on Wednesday and on Ohio airwaves next week.

The spot highlights footage of Romney saying in a March interview that he would "get rid of" of Planned Parenthood among other federal programs he would eliminate to help reduce the deficit.

Romney's campaign has since walked back the remark, saying the candidate meant he would defund, not cut, the program.

"It would not be getting rid of the organization. They have other sources of funding besides government operations, but in order to achieve balance, we have to make some tough decisions about spending," Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said on CNN shortly after the interview.

Planned Parenthood, however, has used the comment to attack Romney in previous ads that aired in several swing states and renewed the attack in its latest spot.

"When Mitt Romney says 'Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that,' he really doesn't understand how many women depend on Planned Parenthood," Cynthia Wilson says in the commercial.

She continues: "We're talking about real lives here. I believe Mitt Romney is out of touch. I think he just does not have any idea how many lives he's devastating."

The ad comes as Romney struggles to narrow the gender gap between him and President Barack Obama, who sees strong support among women compared to the Republican nominee.

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters consider the president to be more in touch with problems faced by women, while 34% feel the same about Romney, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released earlier this month.

Recent polls also revealed Romney behind Obama in the crucial swing state of Virginia, where the ad airs beginning Tuesday. According to CNN's Poll of Polls, which averages three polls of likely voters from the state, Obama has a six point advantage over Romney, 50%-44%.

The group says its seven health centers in Virginia saw 23,728 clients last year. Planned Parenthood provides a range of services, including birth control, abortions, breast exams, Pap tests, and STD testing and treatment.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Thinking Texan

    Romney as out of touch with women.

    Romney as out of touch with America.

    But he is in touch with Lyan Ryan.

    September 25, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. FedUp

    Planned Parenthood can be replaced with an actual health care facility, as far as I am concerned. When my daughter-in-law has to fight her way out of a PP clinic because she stated she wanted to keep her baby, there is something wrong. This seems to be nothing more than an abortion mill. As far as the "cancer treatment" they give, every county has a medical facility a woman can go to to be checked. Planned Parenthood is not needed.

    September 25, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. LexPaul23

    Mitt just asks Ann when it comes to women stuff – what's the problem with that? Ann is just an everyday woman, you know.

    September 25, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I didn't think it was possible but Romney is actually running out of people to alienate.
    Who's left to hate his guts besides the 1%ers? But if he keeps loafing off and not campaigning like he is being paid to they will turn on him soon also.
    Obama 2012.

    September 25, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. coy4one

    Another Romney flip-flop.....generally you can usually count on the first comment to be the truth. The rebuttal is the flip-flop used to try and get votes. I personally believe that if elected, Romney will get rid of anything and everything he can except for pet projects for his rich friends. If he runs the country like he did Bain Capital, American citizens are just numbers and numbers can be eliminated at the stroke of a pen.

    September 25, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Rosslaw

    Mittens and his ilk despise all non-governmental organizations which actually produce results. Probably the result of belonging to a cult.

    September 25, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is not only as famous as Trump as a birther, but he is also against women's health programs. No wonder the teavangelicals forgive him for his tax evasion, money laundering, jobs outsourcing, failure as a governor of MA, and non stop lying.

    September 25, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. ghostriter

    Gotta love that Romney. It's almost like he just says stuff to see how folks react. If the reaction isn't that bad, he can stick with it. If it is, he'll simply change his mind.

    September 25, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |

    Willard said he'd end Planned Parenthood. End of story. Gov. Ultrasound is one of his top surrogates and his running mate's views on a womens health is aligned with Todd Akin.

    September 25, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    Absolutely the Twit is out of touch. His 60 min interview showed that. His big thing is "freedom"???? For whom? From what? Sure, freedom is wonderful if you have a $250 Million fortune that lets you do pretty much what you want, but reality is that most Americans WORK for a living Mitt !! We don't have car elevators, nannies, gardeners, 5 sons hiding from the military, nor family weekend "get together's" in the Hamptons !
    If you are going to offer us a 20% tax cut – which will let you and the other wealthy 1%'ers LEGALLY pay NO income tax – and offset that cost by removing "some loopholes" such my mortgage deduction, you are crazy!
    Home ownership will decline like your ratings... get real!

    September 25, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. no way, no how, no Romney! !

    Can we vote yet?

    September 25, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |

    We must save Planned Parenthood! Vote all the Repub/Tea Party, the Earth is flat and only 6,000years old fools out!
    Forward for America not backwards!

    September 25, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Pete

    Romney doesn't like Planned Parenthood and he's made it known publicly if elected he'll defund it.So the women's plan is smart hit Romney where it hurts in truths of his agendas to women nationwide.His defunding Planned Parenthood will hurt womans cancer screening,contraception awareness and other programs geared to help women nationwide,he won't win against these women and he can't win this election as well because everyone not just women will be adversely effected,just another nasty fact that Romney doesn't want you to know!!

    September 25, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. penny wright

    Romney represents the 1%.

    Obama represents the 99%.

    September 25, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Defund, cut, it makes no difference, the net effect is the same. The GOP is not interested in any government role in healthcare, unless its for the virtuous rich who have earned the right to be subsidized by the middle class. Women, veterans, the disabled, anyone who gets layed off, they are unimportant in the GOP calculus. As someone who has worked as a fundraiser, government funds do have an impact, since it shows a certain level of confidence in the organization to perform their work and mission. This is simply another way Mittens will satisfy his Ayn Rand-addled backers in their quest to make our society mirror Latin American banana republics.

    September 25, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    I think if romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan the hotdog car driver and gop stooge ,want to be president and vp of a third world country they should run in somila .

    September 25, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Larry in Houston

    It appears that obama finally got the "womens vote" to wake up. He needs to go on the the view at least once more within the next 30 days, and also the nightime talk shows, like letterman, leno kimmel & etc. Most of those people that watch those nightime shows & the view don't even know this is an election year, let alone that they don't know who is running for president. IF obama doesn't get the 18 to 30 yr. olds to Vote, he's SUNK ! He's got the Women woke Up. now he's got to wake UP those 18 -30 yr.old ppl. IF romney defeats obama, anybody that makes Less Than 75 K had better bend over & hold onto your ankles.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( Straight Ticket) ( for the "working" middle class)

    September 25, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Boo

    Who in their right mind would vote for Robme/Ryan?

    September 25, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    Make no mistake, the GOP war on women is alive and well. Further evidence is over on the Warren / Native American thread, where every right-wing sub-human had something derogatory to say about a woman who has a genuine interest in helping people, versus Scott Brown, who along with the rest of the domestic-terrorist GOP, have a genuine interest in screwing over people. Any woman, any minority, any student, any senior, any veteran, any gay or lesbian that votes Republican deserves all the misery that will follow.

    September 25, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    More Mitt Romney on Mitt Romney quotes:

    60 Minutes interview Sept. 2012:
    "If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care."

    March 2010 interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe:
    Romney was asked whether he believes in universal coverage, Romney said, "Oh, sure. Look, it doesn't make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care for which they have no responsibility, particularly if they are people who have sufficient means to pay their own way,"

    Romney interview with Glenn Beck 2007:
    "When they show up at the hospital, they get care. They get free care paid for by you and me. If that's not a form of socialism, I don't know what is."

    How anyone can take anything this man says seriously is beyond comprehension. It really is. There is a Mitt Romney disconnect that is absolutely amazing to witness ... and very, very dangerous in a presidential wannabe.

    September 25, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that all they do is abortion is just plain silly. If that was all they did, then there would be some large amount of complain about it. The problem is that they do a lot more. Why is there this need to bash on this one group so much?

    September 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY


    Planned Parenthood can be replaced with an actual health care facility, as far as I am concerned. When my daughter-in-law has to fight her way out of a PP clinic because she stated she wanted to keep her baby, there is something wrong. This seems to be nothing more than an abortion mill. As far as the "cancer treatment" they give, every county has a medical facility a woman can go to to be checked. Planned Parenthood is not needed.
    September 25, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |


    what planet are you from? Prove that your daughter-in-law had "to fight her way out" and even if she did, she probably got accosted by the religious fanatics outside throwing blood and shoving pictures of fetuses in her face

    September 25, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. ThinkAgain: Mittens' 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    Planned Parenthood provided me with early diagnosis of severe cervical dysplasia, a precursor to cervical cancer. This was especially significant since my maternal grandmother died of cervical cancer and my mother was treated for it also.

    I went to Planned Parenthood when I was in my 20s and employed, but with a health insurance policy that had a $500 deductible. It was cheaper to go to Planned Parenthood for my annual PAP screening than to go to a OB/GYN. If I hadn't gone and received the diagnosis (and referred for treatment, including surgery, to an OB/GYN), I very well wouldn't be here today, the mother of three sons.

    Planned Parenthood – which Mittens and the GOP want to eliminate – provides vital health care to women of all ages. If you are truly pro-life, then you should be supporting this organization and in turn, all the women they have saved.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 25, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    Mittens is a joke to the world.

    September 25, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. SuperD

    Ohh another "War on Women"! The best line I heard was from comedian Adam Corola.

    "What? Are they going to fly a Predator drone into your uterus and call in a strike?"

    Another "manufactured" Democrat issue along with Romney's taxes to distract the gullible from the real issues that Obama and the Democrats cannot defend.

    Pathetic as usual.

    September 25, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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