Romney: Women should be allowed to join Augusta
April 5th, 2012
04:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney: Women should be allowed to join Augusta

(CNN) - Mitt Romney on Thursday added his voice to the chorus calling for women to be allowed to join Augusta National Golf Club.

When asked if women should be admitted, the Republican presidential frontrunner responded: "Of course."

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"I am not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify. My golf game is not that good," Romney told reporters after an energy-themed event in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. "Certainly if I were a member, if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, of course I'd have women into Augusta."

Earlier Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama's "personal opinion is women should be admitted."

The private Georgia golf club, which hosts the Masters Tournament that started Thursday, has not allowed women members since it opened in 1933.

The debate landed in the national spotlight recently because IBM, the tournament's sponsor, has a new female CEO, Virginia Rometty, and the club has always extended membership to the company's officers. Rometty has not stated publicly whether she is interested in club membership.

Critics have called on August National to offer Rometty its traditional jacket, while Augusta's chairman has dodged the prickly issue of female membership.

"All issues of membership are now and have historically been subject to the private deliberation of members," Billy Payne said Wednesday.

Although no women are thought to be members, they are allowed to play the course as guests.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Because unlike reproductive autonomy, which is just like totally unimportant, today's women are worried about this topic more than any other.

    As the other ladies here have indicated, they're on to you, Weathervane. Too late.

    April 5, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Is it any wonder these stupid questions get asked? Like this country has nothing better to discuss. Obama has cheapened the presidency and turned it into a joke. The correct response would have been "we have no comment, next question"."

    1. Sounds like your beef isn't with me or Obama or the Dems, but with the MSM's gossip paradigm substituting gossip for "news."

    2. Had Obama (or Carey on his behalf) answered "no comment," Mittens would have been out even earlier today blabbering about how Augusta should allow women to become members....AND he would've been yammering about how "Obama won't answer any questions about his positions" (more Mittens' projection) and claiming that Obama isn't the champion of womens' rights that he claims he is, but rather it is Mittens the Sisterwife who will assure women's rights are protected.

    3. The GOP/Teatroll astroturf faux outrage machine's autonomic response to every innocuous comment from Obama of throwing an irrational, hand-wringing, fire-spitting temper tantrum over it does you far more damage than good. Learn that.

    April 5, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. kayla

    he is nothing but a parrot

    April 5, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. American

    Sorry, but where is all of the faux outrage from earlier now that Romney has followed President Obama on this same opinion?

    April 5, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    In the extreme rightwing's BIzarro World, President Obama cannot win. If he declines to answer the question he's "ducking controversy." If he answers with an opinion he's "injecting himself into the situation". It's all quite transparent and a transparently false framing of the issues by the GOBP liars. Lying, though, is about all they do, so we're not gonna get anything better from that morally and intellectually bankrupt cult.

    April 5, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    come on let's be honest, did anyone really expect him to say NO to this question? Give me a break.

    April 5, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Women Veterans for Obama

    You believe women can play a game of golf with the boys but we're not smart enough to make a decision on birth control? Really Mitt Romney, you make me laugh.

    April 5, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. the Situation

    Oh God! The tin man talks! Obama said that about several days if not weeks ago and now since the Repubs and the Tin Man is lagging behind in the women votes now he wants to look like he cares. Nice Try Tin Man but you ain't fooling no one!

    April 5, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Jerubbaal

    He can support women on this but he couldn't support Sandra Fluke after Rush's debasing, dehumanizing attacks. He will say anything for a vote. Women do not fall for it.

    April 5, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. waikikijohn

    Funny Mitt doesn't think women can think for themselves on matters like their healthcare, but being able to play Augusta is more important an issue. This guy is so lame

    April 5, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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