Romney ad casts candidate as moderate on abortion
October 17th, 2012
11:18 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney ad casts candidate as moderate on abortion

(CNN) – A new ad from Mitt Romney, which began airing Wednesday morning but was not publically released by his campaign, portrays the GOP nominee as more moderate on abortion and contraception than his rivals are claiming.

The spot, which aired in the Washington, D.C., media market Wednesday morning, according to political ad tracker CMAG, features a young woman taking on claims President Barack Obama made in a television spot earlier this month.

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"You know those ads saying Mitt Romney would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme, so I looked into it," she says. "Turns out Romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. In fact he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life."

Romney's abortion stance came back into focus last week after the candidate said during an interview there were no specific pieces of abortion legislation he would pursue as president.

Romney, along with his aides, later clarified he would support efforts to remove funding for Planned Parenthood, a women's health group that provides abortion services. Several House Republicans have introduced legislation that would strip funding from the group.

Romney has also said that for any Supreme Court vacancies, he would nominate candidates who would support overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming a woman's right to have an abortion.

In the new ad from Romney's campaign, the female speaker said the issue of reproductive rights was important, but not the top issue in the election.

"This issue's important to me, but I'm more concerned about the debt our children will be left with. I voted for President Obama last time. We just can't afford four more years," she says.

Romney's campaign has long struggled to woo female voters, who polls have shown support Obama by a wide margin. Recently, however, the gender gap has narrowed between the two candidates, sparking a flurry of ads and campaign remarks designed to appeal to women.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    Every election the pathetic Democrats roll out their usual fear and lie machine to motivate their clueless base voters. Democrat voters are suckers that are easily scared it seems.

    October 17, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. jinx88

    LMAO!! Moderate Mittiens at it again. It funny if Mittens would have ran on being a moderate in the primary he wouldnt even have been the nominee. Thats what so funny about the people that vote for him, the have ni clue if he is elected he will be back to being "extreme conservative".

    October 17, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney spent over a year pandering to the conservative evangelical voters on contraception and abortion. For him to flip flop back towards a moderate position is dishonest, cynical, and immoral.

    October 17, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Puzzled

    So Romney is a moderate who wants to defund Planned Parenthood and seat Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe vs does that work? How would a women who wants an abortion due to rape, incest, or to save her life actually GET an abortion if Roe vs Wade is overturned? What should we believe...a political ad or what comes out of Romney's OWN MOUTH??

    October 17, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. cogitoergosum

    It is no lie nor is there any confusion on how the Romney-Ryan team view women, a woman's right to choose, birth control, Planned Parenthood or where exactly women should be: barefoot and pregnant and home by 5pm making dinner. Anyone who says they don't have this view is living under a rock.

    October 17, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Low key

    It that why you are the 1st person to see that Mitt Lies to your face and changes his stance at will. Yeah wait for it.........

    October 17, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Steve in CT

    Romney is against abortion except in extreme cases. He wants to overturn Roe V. Wade. There is no lie there

    October 17, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    President Obama's challenger says whatever he thinks his target audience wants to hear. He'll change his stance at least twice today to appeal to whomever is listening at the moment.

    October 17, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. linda crow

    This thought is my own and I have to say something, agree of don’t that is up to you but ‘THINK”. Think about a new generation that is thinking about a future, research for before election-day. Take the blinders of political bias’s off and vote.
    Abortion is genocide, it has been promoted as a choice of a woman. When in fact it is the killing of a generation. “Let me do my own thing” “it’s my body” is the cry, but who hears the cry of the unborn. This not just an issue of race, culture, economic status, this is an issue of control by government. If an unwanted pregnancy is the issue why not promote adoption as an alternative, not murder. Look at the laws that have been passed under the guise of health care. ( When we allow government to override moral issues we have opened the door for religious persecution of any and all. We must stand with those who stand up for life. This is the time to say to this generation LIVE bring life into this world. We must by our vote make a place for this generation to excel and create, revive us again, we must be willing to move forward as a moral nation.

    October 17, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. DandyStryker

    Romney says he wants to eliminate all Federal funding for Planned Parenthood. He supported the Blunt amendment, which allows employers to decide what medical procedures (including abortion and contraception) are covered by insurance. He supports the "personhood" amendment, which defines a fertilized egg as a "person," and would outlaw all abortions, including the "morning after pill."

    By any objective standard, Romney supports radical right-wing restrictions on abortion and contraception.

    What's really interesting, though, is that several of Romney's grandkids were conceived by artificial insemination and carried by surrogate mothers. And the legal agreement with those surrogates gave the Romney's specific legal authority to abort the fetuses at any time, for any reason - with or without the consent of the surrogates.

    October 17, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |

    You have the right to get contraception.

    However you DON'T have the right to make me pay for it.
    Be responsible for your own actions.

    October 17, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Woman In California

    Willard whined last night as usual that the president's campaign had portrayed him as someone he's not. Really?

    Did the president's campaign falsely portray you on your 47% video?
    Did the president's campaign falsely portray on your "binders full of women"
    Did the president's campaign falsey when you stood out in front of the coal company and made that remark?
    Did the president's campaign falsey portray you when you insulted our greatest ally?
    Did the president's campaign falsey portray as you wrote love letters to Ann instead of trying to protect this country?

    The list goes on and on. When is this spoiled, selfish, draft dodger going to admit he said and did these things and not the president?

    He's a liar and a cheap salesman, who has used people his entire life and now wants to fake compassion. Save it Willard as the American people want nothing at all to do with you.

    October 17, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Duval

    Absolutely nothing is going to happen on abortion if Romney is elected. Do you think the liberal judges even if Romney did want to outlaw abortion would let that happen?? NEVER. These are all just scare tactics from the left. Romney is not going to have time to even engage in the thought because he will be picking up the pieces of the decimated Obama economy and trying to re-ignite employment.

    October 17, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. NVa Native

    From "severly conservative" to moderate-flipping Mitt.
    And all the weak minded followers of the GOP have a need to "believe" so Mitt can return us to the same GOP policies that took us down.

    October 17, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Jack

    I am sure Mr. Romney, but there is a very small but vocal group of tea party & religious right members of Congress that will attach legislation to a major bill that Mr. Romney will feel obligated to sign that diminish my wife's rights.

    He will have to give in to those tea party and religious right groups or he'll have the same stalemate that President Obama had last year.

    Sorry, Mr. Romney you bring too much baggage from the bubble head talk head host, to Grover Norguist, Newt Gingrich, to Paul Ryan for this long time conservative. By the way Rush, Sean, Grover, Newt, Donald aren't conservative, they are pseudo conservative. I am older than all them, they are power hungry opportunist!

    October 17, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. dog1

    OK, if he's moderate how come the official Republican stance (pretty sure he claims to be a Republican right now) is that Rape and Incest are not grounds for an abortion? Here's a thought, maybe because he thinks women should know their place and do what they're told or they'll be replaced by another 14 year old sister wife.
    Stericycle look it up

    October 17, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Jan

    Mitt Romney is says he has every political stance that exists!!! I don't know how or why anyone would trust him!!! I find it mind boggling that anyone would vote for him!!!

    October 17, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Larry in Houston

    Romney has ALWAYS been a Moderate – – – LOL – – don't you remember when the Newter labeled him the "massachussets moderate" during the primaries ? All romney wanted is to WIN those debates, and ran a bunch of attack ads in florida during the time when it was newter vs. romney. Romney outspent the Newter 10 to 1 , according to the newter. He took some pointers from Perry's playbook. ( FYI – the words are : "blanket" and "saturate" ) the airwaves /TV / billboards / newspapers / & the list goes ON.

    Vote Democrat – 2012
    Hillary – 2016 – ( with a 'surplus' in – 2018 )

    October 17, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. linda

    Romney is against Planned Parenthood, Roe vs how can he be a way.....this is just to try to win the women over to his side to vote for him and then screw you when he gets elected......remember what his own campaign manager said some time back.....Once he got elected to be the Republican canidate....that Romney would erase all that he had said before......that's how he became known as the ETCH- A- SKETCH what ever he is telling America now will be totally different if he gets elected.......How can anyone trust this man.....and Ryan for sure isn't moderate when it comes to Abortion.......

    October 17, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. pcalif

    Romney/Ryan are unbelievable! Lying has no penalities? Two years of looking at both of them avowing to outlaw abortion and they still say "I didn't say it". Unreal.

    October 17, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Don

    This is 100% true if you believe it's ok for him to decide and you go to jail is a moderate position.

    October 17, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |

    "Turns out Romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. In fact he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life."

    Moderate on abortion!? Since when did this view on abortion represent moderate at CNN??
    Better watch out there Kevin. You will never move up at CNN witout a overtly prgoressive opinion.

    October 17, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Frankie

    Romney's campaign can try to paint Romney anyway they want but the fact is the canvas has been painted in terms of video. Did they forget there is unedited video out there of Romney talking about every single issue including abortion and how "severely conservative" he really is on these issues. In fact, he is even further to the right of GW Bush. Voters are extremely educated with the social media out there. American people are not as dumb as Romney seems to think.

    October 17, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. sayer

    Romney will appoint justices to the SCOTUS that will ensure Roe v. Wade is overturned!

    October 17, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Uh, oh. Here comes the Romney Etch a Sketch. Again.

    Mitt Romney: I don't remember precisely what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it is I said.

    Mitt Romney: If I tell you what my plans are, you won't vote for me.

    Mitt Romney. A candidate for everyone. One day at a time. One thought at a time. One Etch a Sketch at a time.

    October 17, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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