New DNC video pits Romney against women
March 16th, 2012
09:59 AM ET
10 years ago

New DNC video pits Romney against women

(CNN) - In its latest web video against Mitt Romney, the Democratic National Committee piled on criticism Friday over the candidate's position on several key women's issues.

The release of the video coincides with Romney's appearance in Illinois Friday morning, just days ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary next week.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

"Mitt Romney is coming to Illinois and looking for support from women," the video's narrator says. "But here's what women need to know about Mitt Romney."

The video seizes on a comment Romney made earlier in the week, in which he said in an interview that he would 'get rid of" of Planned Parenthood.

Speaking on CNN Tuesday night, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said the candidate would not eliminate the organization but would cut federal funds that support it.

"They have other sources of funding besides government operations, but in order to achieve balance, we have to make some tough decisions about spending," Fehrnstrom said.

Romney's policies on Planned Parenthood, the DNC video says, would end government "support for critical health care services like cancer screenings for thousands of women in Illinois."

The spot also attacks the former Massachusetts governor over his anti-abortion stance and claims the candidate supports policies that would "ban many forms of birth control," but the video does not specify which forms.

The video represents the latest move in a campaign by top Democrats and Democratic groups seeking to paint the Republican Party as "anti-women" over the fiery debate surrounding contraception coverage.

Romney, however, has typically polled well among women, compared to his Republican presidential rivals. While the former Massachusetts governor now opposes abortion, he once supported the right to choose when he ran for governor of the Bay State-a change in tune he openly admits.

No stranger to DNC attacks, Romney's campaign has repeatedly responded to the group's videos, arguing Democrats were attempting to distract from President Barack Obama's own record.

“President Obama and his political machine will try to make this election about anything besides his failures on the economy. Jobs and the economy are the most important issues to all voters – men and women alike – but President Obama knows he can’t run on his abysmal economic record, especially against an opponent who has spent his life in the real world economy and has actually created jobs,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement on Friday.

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Illinois • Mitt Romney
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    The key phrase in this is "....compared to his Republican presidential rivals." Is there a poll with women rating Romney vs the President on where they stand on the issues? This ad means nothing without some discussion of some hard data.

    March 16, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Sorensen

    All they need to know is that he is a boring, uninspiring, trivial little man with no guts, backbone and personality.
    He is not mean, arrogant or evil. He is a management consultant from Bain.

    March 16, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. DFW Dann

    Sometimes when there's a car wreck you don't want to look, but you just can't help yourself. I feel that way about watching the Republican Presidential Primaries.

    March 16, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Emery

    It's not just Mitt Romney – ALL of the GOP candidates are attacking women's rights. It's as if that's their only platform, since they see that so many other things they COULD have used as a platform are now no longer deemed useful.

    March 16, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Democrats and leftists doing what they do best.... Spewing their standard hate and lies. Honestly libtards, do you really think this works with EVERYTHING?! Ever hear of crying Wolf? Of over exposure? People are tuning you out becaue you're nothing but a broken record of the same hate speech. Calling this crapola propaganda is an insult to propaganda!

    But when your policies are complete FAILURES, this is the depths you must sink to to try and con people.

    March 16, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    The video represents the latest move in a campaign by top Democrats and Democratic groups seeking to paint the Republican Party as "anti-women" over the fiery debate surrounding contraception coverage.
    Anti-women? Really? This highlights the desperation of the DNC in 2012. Grasping at straws. Good luck. And thank goodness it's 2012. Who's in charge? The American voter finally.

    March 16, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Mike Texoma

    This is becomming a very big issue in America. The religeous right takes a position that would seriously abridge a woman's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, because she has a womb and carries her fetus until birth. The majority of women in America see their reproductive health and their bodies as being personal to them, and do not want the government invading their privacy to the extent the religious right would propose. Now that the right wingers have done and are doing just that, more and more women will protest with their feet and their votes. And they should.

    March 16, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Fran

    So now Eric Fehrnstrom has to face reporters and speak for Mitt-is Andrea Saul on vacation then?

    March 16, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. diridi

    None of the women ever vote for this idiot. How in the world he thinks this is good. Nasty ideology of these GOP idiots is hurting, they do not know, may be they are drunk. Bain-Capital, jobs to China. Cheap Labor. Enough of these GOP thugs.

    March 16, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    I guess if you've got nothing else to run on, you resort to crap like this.

    March 16, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Mikey

    Perhaps the article should be titled "New DNC video highlights how Romney and the other GOP candidates have pitted themselves against women." The video just points out the war on women that is already happening. It's the same thing with pointing out the ongoing 30 year war against the poor and middle class. Pointing out that class warfare exists is not class warfare. Under that logic, when FDR gave his "day of infamy" speech, Japan could have accused him of inciting war.

    March 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Jane

    DNC is taking a valid and good point, "I would get rid of Planned Parenthood" and spinning it. He was talking out getting rid of federal funding for a program that is mainly for encouraging and performing abortions. The DNC is trying to imply he meant he would shut down planned parenthood. That is ridiculous! They are also trying to lump women's healthcare with abortion. Also, ridiculous! Hopefully, people are smart enough to realize the spin that is being put out from the DNC.

    March 16, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Bill in Florida

    Romney is polling well with Republican women, women who may be voting against their own interests (as do most Republicans). It's doubtful that Romney will receive equal support from Democratic or Independent women in the general election against Obama.

    March 16, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "Here's What Women Need to Know about Mitt Romney"

    This should be the first installment of a two part series. The next part: "Here's What Mitt Romney Needs to Know about Women."

    March 16, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Gaylon Barrow

    The liberal Democrats at work as usual. The do nothings trying to sway women against Romney. The American people need to wake up and see what is happening here, as Obama slowly but surely is tearing the Constitution apart. He is this nation's worst enemy and DANG SURE THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

    March 16, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. DaninTampa

    We need a Constitutional Ammendment banning conservatives from voting.

    March 16, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    No problem with attack ads, but maybe the DNC needs to focus on the accomplishments of the Obama administration.

    Using charts, graphs, whatever, show the turnaround since 2008 in jobs gained, where before Obama we were loosing more than 750 thousand per month. Show the comeback in the stock markets. Show the turnaround in GDP.

    Also, mark the point in 2009 when the repugs started filibustering bills in the Senate to slow the growth..

    Don't let the repugs get by with their claims that Obama's administration has been an economic failure.

    March 16, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Woman In California

    There's a lot to know about Willard Romney but he doesn't want any of us to know those things – because he's knows he would be back to being "unemployed" and his days of pretending to care about the American people would be over.

    Even IF he wins Illinois – he'll only lose it in November BIG TIME so why not just send this heartless, spineless whimp back to (wherever he calls home) and back to counting his money that he made off the backs of people who couldn't fight back.

    Obama 2012 for continued sanity.

    March 16, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. cali girl

    Robmey is on a rant against women. I vote for him will take us back to the 1940's. Just wait, if planned parenthood gets cut, you can bet they will go after Roe vs Wade.

    March 16, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. LolDems

    The LeftyLibDems explore new forms of assinine ridiculousness in their quest to divide and vilify. So they think we'll actually believe that Romney is anti-women? Really! As if Planned Parenthood is a woman. Ridicule Romney's statement that corporations are "persons" but don't hesitate to say a non-profit is woman. Shallow, vaporous invectives. Truly the LeftLibDems can't run on BO's record...divide and vilify, accuse and distort, ridicule and mock. So sad & disappointing.

    March 16, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Phil in KC

    The sad thing is that, of the 4 remaining candidate, Mitt's policies are probably the most woman-friendly.

    March 16, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Debbie

    I look at a person's past. For Romney he is a high ranking leader in LDS/Mormon church. LDS has long had a deplorable stand on people of color and women. Romney supports those views evidenced by his high rank in LDS. Romney's faith say they have high regard for women as they bear children. LDS believe in Celestial Marriage. Become your own god of your heaven. The more wives/children the bigger your kingdom. The regard for women is they are potential baby factories for the husband to acheive better higher god-hood. Romney's actions and rank in the LDS are evidence of his core beliefs of people of color and women and that is less than a white persson and less than a male. The First Lady of the United States )Mrs Romney) would not be allowed to show her shoulders as that is considered not modest under LDS. Next up: Burka's.

    March 16, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Thomas

    Why would any women vote for a candidate who's five sons avoided military service in a time of war, a war he supported ?

    Mitt Romney / Ann Coulter

    March 16, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney really has to work on his image. He looks stiffer than Al Gore and less personality. With comments like planning on ending Planned Parenthood, you really have to wonder what he wants to do to help the poor women who don't have health insurance. Planned Parenthood does more than just abortions. It would be nice if everyone knew that.

    March 16, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Malory Archer

    Hmmmm, I wonder why CNN hasn't picked up on the fact that the Obama Administration has defunded Medicaid Women's programs in Texass. Guess paint the cowboy governor in to negative of a light and expose exactly what the rethugliban have in mind for America: cowboy governor has decided to ban Federal funding to any clinics that are associated with organizations that provide abortions, even if they themselves don't provide such services. That's called misappropriation of funds on governor cowboy's part, and the President was absolutely correct in his decision!

    March 16, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
1 2