Romney slams Obama in reaction to Blunt amendment vote
March 1st, 2012
02:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney slams Obama in reaction to Blunt amendment vote

(CNN) – GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney released a statement Thursday following the vote in the U.S. Senate killing the "Blunt amendment," a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed religious employers to opt out of providing health care coverage for contraception.

"I applaud the Senators who took a stand today and voted to defend religious freedom," Romney said. "The Obama Administration has directly attacked the First Amendment of our Constitution and individual liberty. The President of the United States must protect and defend the Constitution, not ignore it. This is yet another example of what is wrong with Obamacare, and why I am committed to its repeal."

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On Wednesday Romney was forced to explain his stance on the controversial Senate amendment after he came out against the legislation. He later said he supported the provision and "misunderstood" an inquiry from a reporter.

The amendment was sponsored by Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a supporter of the former Massachusetts governor. The provision was an attempt by Senate Republicans to confront a simmering controversy over rules governing religious employers and health care coverage they are required to provide.

– CNN Producer Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Health care • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    Can we resurrect Terry Schivo & prove to each other how "Pro-Life" we all are ?

    March 1, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Maureen

    Romney never does know when to be quiet or let it go away. To slam the President makes Romney look more foolish if only because he said on interview that he was not for the Amendment. He did not look confused when interviewed, in fact , he clearly stated that even his wife Ann was not for it–the level of damage control that Team Romney tried on this one says it all.

    March 1, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. MTATL67

    I actually read the Blunt amendment. I have to wonder if Mr. Romney read it. This amendment was like SOPA in the fact it was so broadly written. It literally gives Carte blanche to companies to deny coverage for any reason not just religious. I'm curious is it politics. Just wanting to stick it to the Democrats and the President or do you actually believe? That a company should have the right to deny heath coverage for whatever they deem as unworthy in their eyes. Whether it be interracial marriage, orientation the list of discriminations could go on and on under this amendment. When did discrimination become an American value let alone a right?

    March 1, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Arden Cogar

    Isn't Romney a pistol? First he doesn't understand it; then he rejects it; that guy cannot be consistent ever. WaitI !!! have to retract that. He is consistent on one issue; he is consistently inconsistent. So true the observation: "Mitt is Unfit". Pray tell, where can I buy the bumper sticker?

    March 1, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Hugganoak

    Some of you that agree with the amendments failure don't seem to understand how really bad it was. You mention something about religious beliefs that enabled the employer to deny coverage for blood transfusions, organ donors or religously believe in fate. The amendment actually allowed employers to object on moral grounds. So if they morally objected to anything (your lifestyle, your hobbies, etc.), they could deny coverage for anything and everything. THEIR moral objection, not anything to do with religion. And this would affect the coverage you currently receive from you employer, not just anything related to Obamacare.

    March 1, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    Women wake up! They're coming after your ginas.

    March 1, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Independant 1

    Obama, is the worst President yet. I can't beleive that he would apologize for the burning of the Qu'ran and listen to the BS coming from the UN demanding an investigation. He needs to grow some balls and a spine and demand an investigation into the execution style shooting of the two US Service members. He needs to demand that the Afghanistan president clean up his city and Soldiers. As for the UN he needs to demand that they shut up, and clean up Syria first. Oh yeah the US rep at UN is a weak political figure she should have started going after Syria from the start. I am sorry for all those that like Obama he is weak, learn to speak Chinese.

    March 1, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. the Situation

    Romney is an idiot! End of discussion!

    March 1, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Fla Pete

    ROMNEY,and the rest of the republican candidates took Obamas bait,hook,line and sinker.Republicans who ran in 2010 on the line of jobs,jobs,jobs have gone against Obama on that same issue.Only because THEY don't have an answer for the creation of jobs,the same party responsible for sending most jobs overseas,with the help of their favorite boy Mittens,Bain group.They sit in their cave and whin about whinning...They know that intellegent people are bored with their blah,blah,blah tyrates and always pointing a blind finger at their president.This contraceptive idea was concieved in that same cave while their advisers were doing LSD or something along those lines.Anything to keep the debate of jobs,jobs,jobs in the background so they don't get caught with their pants down.Their accomplishments include the housing collapse,wall street collapse,highest gas prices on record,highest unemployment while under republicans watch.They should be ashamed of themselves for their lack of involvement, trying to help correct a wrong they made totally by deregulation in Bushs ignorant style,with help from his republican friends.Obama,the white knight has slewed the republican dragon and is fighting the wrongs the past administration have laid down.Storys over,so is the republican party..

    March 1, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    ... the "Blunt amendment," a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed religious employers to opt out of providing health care coverage for contraception. .....
    Don't you think you are understating the scope of the bill? It doesn't mention contraception at all, to my knowledge. In fact, the choice of words here echoes the conservative talking point over its' supposed purpose.

    In fact, the amendment can be used by anyone, for any reason, to not provide anything, at all. It does not define any limitations of any kind, whatsoever. Your boss could claim he believes in faith healing and deny everyone any coverage for anything.

    March 1, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Disabled vet

    Romney is all about doing what the insurance companies and the other big businesses want done. Obama / biden 2012 and no more repubics

    March 1, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Veritas 2011

    Wow! That Mitt sure can change his mind fast! How could he ever be trusted? Women should just stop voting in the primaries...Santorum is against women's health issues and Romney doesn't even know what he is commenting on. If women boycott the primaries, maybe the Repubs will wake up?

    March 1, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Real Patriot

    These guys crack me up-they will go to the mat for you before you are born-even when you are a zygote-but after you are born you are totally on your own-don't come looking for help-that's just a sign of your weakness, laziness, and unAmericanism-

    You just gotta shake your head and keep them as far away from the wheels of power as possible.

    March 1, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    So, the Righties want legislation that gives companies unbridled power to deny converage to their employees? Why stop with contraception? The statute was so badly written that it never would have stood up to scrutiny. I guess the righties would have preferred employers having that kind of authority to screw up our lives, since we all know how well companies respond to consumer complaints.( insert sarcasm) Just remember, folks, this is about the morality of america!

    March 1, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. dan5404

    Add this one to his impressive list of gaffes and flip-flops. They are of book proportions now.

    March 1, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Sandra

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth,
    I would suggest to you and Rush Limbaugh that morality would be much better protected by outlawing health care coverage of Viagra. Don't hear those mean lambasting that do you? This isn't about morality; it's about control and politics pure and simple.
    You are really a bunch of hyprocrites.

    March 1, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. abraham

    Since when MEN have the right to decide what's best for women?. Get the facts people, birth control pills reduce the chance of new cysts developing in future menstrual cycles. Oral contraceptives offer the added benefit of significantly reducing your risk of ovarian cancer — the risk decreases the longer you take birth control pills.
    ....and the GOP clowns are against this?. Why?.
    What a loser and medical ignorant this guy is....

    March 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Chuk

    Romney, you're an idiot. Get your nomination quickly. I'd enjoy seeing you lose to Obama in November.

    March 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. v_mag

    The story of the Blunt BS is simple. Repugs are blocked from passing any of their ususal right wing wacko stuff, like the so-called Patriot Act. They won't pass anything that actually helps the country, since their main purpose for being in Washington is to defeat the president in November, and they don't want to do anything that might help the economy. So, they spend their time dreaming up cr*p like Blunt to give talking points to Rom-money and Sanctimonious. They knew it would never pass, and they wrote it ridiculously to ensure it would never pass. The Dems do it to, just not so blatantly most of the time, and it shows how broken the system is.

    March 1, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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