October 18th, 2012
12:24 PM ET
2 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. Sarah

    Wow she does NOT look happy in this photo. Like she's smelling something nasty from the 99%

    October 18, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. 40 acres

    Did anyone notice that both Ann and her son discussed how emotionally fragile Mitt is? Do we really want an emotionally unstable guy carrying the nuclear codes?

    October 18, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Brian from CO

    myviewis said:
    Obama is for giving women paid abortions and birth control.
    Romney is for giving women a JOB, financial stability.
    =================================================================
    As far as jobs and financial security for women goes it was actually it is Obama who signed and supported the Lily Ledbetter act, and it is Romney who changed the subject to "women in binders" and making sure they get home to cook dinner when asked about it on Tuesday.

    October 18, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Sly

    She is one mean looking woman. Maybe all these years being Romney's slave has jaded the chick, and wow, is she jaded.

    October 18, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. RR

    Ann is correct when she said she's not running for office. She's not running for office, she will never be First Lady of the United States and she will never be woman of the world. Thank goodness!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!!

    October 18, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    myviewis

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

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Are you really this obtuse or are you just playing for the low information crowd? Abortion hasn't been covered by federal funds in more than 35 years. mittens had fewer women in his cabinet when he left office in MA than were there when he took office, and how does firing women and sending their jobs to low-wage, third-world nations equate to jobs & financial security?

    October 18, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Bill

    I do not trust Romney or his wierd wife.

    October 18, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Raggedy Ann Romney

    What a doll, that Raggedy Ann is. You, too, can bring her home to love.

    Just like the real thing: Stuffings where her brain is supposed to be, and if you pull her string she has 5 different phrases:

    1. It's our time.
    2. Stop it.
    3. This Is hard.
    4. I love you women!
    5. I know what it's like to struggle.

    Act now and your Raggedy Ann will come with the bonus phrase: We've given all you people need to know.

    October 18, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. BigBear06

    It would seem that she is truly a Stepford Wife, fully conforming to and speaking in tune to the husband.

    October 18, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Kit

    Let's be honest here, anything Ann says is going to be scrutinized to no end by the media. They'll take one line and spin it to look like something else. She is wise not to speak. She's right, she isn't running for office.

    October 18, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. angryersmell

    Someone decided that after the debate performances thus far, a View appearance right now would be too much of a risk, so on the fly, they canned it.

    Pivot...pivot...etch...sketch...flip...flop...flippidy-flop...

    October 18, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Tony

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

    True. But your husband is running for office. Time for Romney to release his tax returns. At least the last 10 years. If Romney wants to live up to his father, 12.

    October 18, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Guest

    You liberals are something else! Obviously you choose to ignore the great things Mrs. Romney has done for many years helping others.

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    October 18, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "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!"

    Oh, come now....who doesn't love a catfood sammich?

    October 18, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Hippie Chick

    We all know that abortion is being used in large #'s a birth control. As a country we cannot continue to allow women to freely kill future generations of Americans because they failed to use birth control adequately. With the large #'s of hispanic births, both legal and illegal, occuring in our country, while the births of US natives continue to decline, we are creating a situation where US natives are rapidly becoming the minority in Ameerica. If we do not limit the opportunities for abortion in an effort to boost our birth rates we will create a country wherre our AMERICAN children are strangeres in their own homeland. What will we do when the children of Hispanics are in control of our country? This will greatly limit economic opportunities for future Americans, as a hispanic controlled country will not provide opportunties for Americans. We MUST stop illegal immigration while boosting US birth rates to ensure that Americans continue to control our country and to ensure that future generations of Americans are the majority in every demographic. If we do not take steps to reverse this trend we are creating a US security nightmare.

    October 18, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. notbuyingit

    another binder woman

    October 18, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. J

    Romney's not for stem cell research, but he is for making money off aborted fetuses. He invested in Stericycle and made millions.

    October 18, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Travis

    @ 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...."

    Seeing as how some people post comments on these articles, only to be berated by others for having a different opinion on something, it doesn't really surprise me that she didn't want to respond.

    October 18, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. XXX

    "The View" could have also cancelled the whole thing, not even allowing Ann to come alone. She is not the one who is looking for the job. All the questions she was asked, she referred them to her husband. What was the use of having her if not wastage of time!

    October 18, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. TexK

    love this comment. Lol

    October 18, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |

    Raggedy Ann Romney

    What a doll, that Raggedy Ann is. You, too, can bring her home to love.

    Just like the real thing: Stuffings where her brain is supposed to be, and if you pull her string she has 5 different phrases:

    1. It's our time.
    2. Stop it.
    3. This Is hard.
    4. I love you women!
    5. I know what it's like to struggle.

    Act now and your Raggedy Ann will come with the bonus phrase: We've given all you people need to know.

    October 18, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Janice

    @myviewis- How the heck is Romney giving women a JOB, financial stability, he didn't say he gave equal pay to women, he said he let them go home early to cook dinner, and the financial stability how do you figure he isn't even in office.

    October 18, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Craig Adams MD

    A strange woman and her strange oh so flexible husband......it would be a disaster for the US. He will start a war asap. And he takes all social issues back 50 years on day one. Abortion? Forget it-- Rhoe will be history as soon as he makes his first USSC appointment. Back to the allies ladies.

    October 18, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Anne-Florida

    When she said "it is our time" that did it for me. He scares the h- out of me.

    October 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. chuck

    Ice queen in one UGLY shirt..poor poor Anne, everyones picking on fragile liitle mitty. What does she teach her sons? RAGE?

    October 18, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Janice

    @ Hippie chick- It's my body I will do what I want , I am an American !

    October 18, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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