October 18th, 2012
12:24 PM ET
6 years ago

Ann Romney talks abortion on 'The View'

(CNN) – Ann Romney, the wife of the GOP presidential nominee, took to "The View" Thursday to talk up her husband as an advocate for women, though she wouldn't get into many details about her own political positions.

Asked whether she, like her husband, had changed her stance on abortion, Ann Romney demurred.

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"The good news is, I'm not running for office and I don't have to say what I feel. But I am pro life. I'm happy to say that," the candidate's wife said.

Mitt Romney has been criticized for changing positions on the issue of abortion, dating back to his run for governor of Massachusetts. During that campaign, in 2002, he expressed full support for abortion rights for women. Ann Romney said Thursday he was pro-life all along, but governed from a pro-choice stance.

This cycle, the Republican candidate has expressed his opposition to abortion, with the exception of cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at risk.

On "The View" Thursday, Ann Romney explained her husband changed his mind on abortion when legislation crossed his desk as governor regarding stem cell research.

"He could not have, on his conscience, creating human life for experimentation," Romney said. "That's when he came out saying he was pro life. I think we all have to understand this is an issue that is so tender and there are people on both sides of the issue, with very good conscience, coming with a different opinion."

The top issue for women, Mrs. Romney said, was the economy. Asked by Joy Behar whether access to abortion amounted to an economic issue, she again ceded to her husband.

"You know, again, I would love it if you'd get my husband on the couch, Joy, and you could go down with that all you want," she said.

Romney was originally scheduled to be a guest on the program with his wife, but canceled his appearance earlier this week. His campaign said the booking "was no longer going to work in the campaign schedule."

According to a campaign spokesman, the GOP nominee is spending Thursday doing debate prep and working on his speech for Thursday's Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, a black tie event that's a ritual for presidential nominees. He has no public campaign events.

At a surreptitiously recorded campaign fund-raiser in May, Romney called the ABC morning talk show "high risk," pointing to the political affiliations of the co-hosts. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd have all expressed decidedly liberal standpoints, though Elisabeth Hasselbeck is an outspoken conservative.

"'The View' is high risk because of the five women on it. The other four are sharp tongued and not conservative, Whoopi Goldberg in particular," Romney told donors in Boca Raton, Florida earlier in the summer.

Asked about those comments Thursday, Mrs. Romney joked the hosts had misheard her husband.

"No, he said sharp and young," the candidate's wife said to laughs.

Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Ann Romney
soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. Critical Thinking

    Ann is going to make a great First Lady, so refreashing to have someone honest and real.

    October 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Ol' Lefty

    Get back to me after the election, then I'll tell you what I really believe on everything.
    Willard M. Romney

    October 18, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Paul "Look at MEEE!!! I'm working in a soup kitchen!!!" Ryan

    How about talking about releasing Willard's tax returns for the last 20 years? What are you hiding?????

    October 18, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Boo

    Doesn't this woman have a mind of her own? She can't state one opinion of her own? Guess the Romney's still think it's 1950....

    October 18, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. TEW

    Wow!! This chick lives in her own "private Idaho" she is addicted to the power and prestiege of her husband and will do/say anything to help his cause. Both of these characters are straight out of the 1950's What ever credibility she had was squandered during this appearance. Totally out of touch!!

    October 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Lionel

    Queen Ann, avoiding the questions like her husband. After the debate, it looks like she wanted to slap a servant.

    This country needs real people who understands all Americans. I wonder if she was asked about if she also does not
    worry about "47% of Americans" – Seniors, Students, Veterans...

    October 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. n

    She is Mormon she says what her husband tells her to do.

    October 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. myviewis

    Obama is for giving women paid abortions and birth control.
    Romney is for giving women a JOB, financial stability.

    October 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Laura

    She can Even say how she comforts her husband on the road her son answers for her.dum as a door nail.my grandmother raised sixteen kid and worked full time at lower pay than a man and they all turned out to be hard worker and my other grandmother had five kids and her husband died and left her all a lone she would full time and all her children made good.

    October 18, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. LegalizeReason

    "The good news is, I'm not running for office and I don't have to say what I feel."

    You don't have to say what you feel Queenie, it is clearly written all over your face and in your demeanor.

    October 18, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Lar5

    Yep. and she just equated going on a Mormon mission to serving in Vietnam or Iraq

    October 18, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Jake

    Typical Romney kind of women...follow, don't ever lead or think you know better.

    October 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. tee1227

    Ann do not want to talk about this report just released, Remember what Mitt said let detroit go bankrupt, Mitt Romney Profited By At Least $15.3 Million From Auto Bailout: Reported

    October 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Howard

    I can't wait to have a classy first lady, like Ann Romney, back in the White House. November 6th can't come soon enough.

    October 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Wonderful picture: " Oh look, Ann, some of 'those people', aren't they zany?"

    October 18, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. The_Dude

    I actually subjected myself to watch "The View" ONLY because Mrs. Romney was on and I wanted to hear her some more. She is ALL class. Something the White House has been lacking for some time now. She was honest, real, and she was totally in touch with the fact that there are many different opinions on the very serious issues in this country, and that we have to LISTEN to each other and try and find a way to meet at the middle. She's smart, beautiful and strong willed, and will make a lovely first lady!

    October 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine


    Obama is for giving women paid abortions and birth control.
    Romney is for giving women a JOB, financial stability.
    As long as those women are in China and he can make a buck on it, sure.

    October 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. A Bit Askew

    @Critical Thinking –

    Yes she will.. they'll have the best Sandwiches Donna Reed could ever dream up... too bad for the rest of the country, but hey, monopoly has winners and losers, and Mitt wants to be a winner!

    October 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. MG

    Hey Critical Thinking, are you kidding me. Refreshing and real, really? She can't be more plastic. And Real are you kidding me? Her day to day struggle being a stay at home house wife with nanny's and money coming out of her ears. Gimme a break. There is not one real bone in her body, brain, or husband!!!

    October 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    The 50's were the best years of my life.

    October 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Mr. Moderate

    Newsflash Ann – you ARE running for office. First Lady is an important position too and so far you have not really shown you have what it takes (constantly complaining how mean people are for one thing). Also, if Mitt needs an entire day to prep for a speech at a dinner, how is he going to find time to govern?

    October 18, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Bazinga

    She evades and Lies as well as her husband? Amazing!

    October 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Analisa

    This interview was painful to watch. Ann made herself seem extremely unitelligent when the only questions she answered were about her tv habits, Costco, and their family's "chore wheel".

    October 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Reasonably

    So Ann, a question for you: what if you were raped and you got pregnant. Would you still have the child? Would you consider it part of Elohim's plan for you?

    October 18, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Howard – Have you thanked President Obama for saving your job selling Fords with the "Cash For Clunkers" and the auto bailout? I am sure he will say, "You are welcome," as he is the president of 100% of Americans.

    October 18, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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