Obama campaign airs second ad hitting Romney on abortion
July 26th, 2012
07:43 PM ET
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Obama campaign airs second ad hitting Romney on abortion

Washington (CNN) - For the second time this month, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is hitting Mitt Romney over his opposition to abortion in a television ad, as the two candidates battle for the crucial women's vote.

A new spot from Team Obama starts with a graphic saying "Women speak on Mitt Romney" and then features one woman, named Jenni, saying to the camera: "I've never felt this way before, but it's just a scary time to be a woman. Mitt Romney is so out of touch."

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Then a female narrator talks about Romney opposing a policy that would have required coverage for contraception and supporting overturning Roe v. Wade. The ad also says Romney would back a federal bill that outlaws abortion. The spot concludes with the same woman, Jenni, saying: "There's so much we need to do. We need to attack our problems – not a woman's choice."

The commercial, part of the new Obama-Democratic National Committee ad coordination buy, is airing in Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, Nevada and Ohio. It will start running in Colorado on Monday.

Regarding the claim of the presumptive Republican nominee supporting a bill that would ban all abortions, the Obama campaign cited a CNN debate in November, in which Romney said if Roe v. Wade were overturned and Congress passed legislation returning the issue to the states, he would be "delighted" to sign that bill.

Obama's campaign also pointed to Romney's stated support for the Republican Party platform, which includes a human life amendment. The fact-checking website Politifact, however, rated the claim "Pants on Fire," pointing out there are many versions of that amendment, with some recent ones allowing abortion after rape or incest. Also, the site noted that in 2011, the former Massachusetts governor said he supported the exceptions.

In reaction to the ad, the Romney campaign did not specifically mention his abortion opposition and possible exceptions. Instead, his team shot back by focusing, as it has for well over a week, on remarks the president said earlier this month about how successful businesses got help along the line.

"If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen," the president said in Roanoke, Virginia.

"It's no coincidence that after weeks of terrible economic news and the President's comments that businessmen and women aren't responsible for their own hard work, the Obama campaign drops false ads against Governor Romney in a desperate attempt to change the subject," Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.

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soundoff (25 Responses)

    Everywhere you look, Republican men are leading an all out assault on American women.These conservatives are really something, aren't they? They are all in favor of the unborn, they will do anything for the unborn, but once you're born, you're on your own! Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that they don't want to know about you, they don't want to hear from you Oh yes and "let a baby be born" to a mother who cannot care for it or someone who does not want it and then whose responsibility is it? YoursThe conservative position SHOULD be to cover birth control so as to lower abortion rates.

    July 26, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Ok .. how did this hurt Romney ... with 52% of people most likely to vote supporting his position

    July 26, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. george of the jungle

    romney has no come back he is not in favor of planned parenthood or contraseption for women. He can flip flop all he wants but thats the facts and his mormon faith backs him up. Forward 2012 NOt back to the 1950's

    July 26, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. david ithaca

    small business did not build roads and bridges the government built that.

    July 26, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. dave

    Dear Mittens! Its ok that you change your mind all the time thinking that voters are just succers. Here is something you might want to think about when making your new change to get votes. From what i can see and hear the republican goal is to own, manage and supervise the out come and function of all american womens reproductive parts! Thats a big bunch of votes you are messing with.

    July 26, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Doug

    No Republican president has ever attempted to overturn Roe V. Wade, but if you don't lie and hate then your message doesn't resonate with the Democrat base, made up of the worst Americans this country has ever had, worse than their klan starting fore-fathers.

    This is America, we cannot have a president like Obama who hates all Americans who don't share his political views. Time and time again he has made his hate clear, everyone who isn't a Democrat is the enemies who needs to be punished, Christians cling to their guns and religion, I won get on the back of the bus, the government is responsible for all of your success not your 80 hour work weeks and sacrifices that no Democrat would ever make.

    I wish it were just Obama but this is the Democrat party and Democrat voters today. It is national socialism, they want to harm those who don't think like they do. It goes beyond just wanting to take away the rights and freedoms of non-Democrat Americans, a majority of Democrats want to round up their Conservative neighbors and ship them off to camps just as other National Socialists have done.

    Read the comments and listen to the speech of Democrats from Obama to the bots posting on these forums. Go spend a week in the bluest parts of America, drive on the roads to see how Democrats interact with others, walk down the streets of Democrat districts late at night and see what happens to you.

    The facts show that good people, those with true love and compassion in their hearts have a moral obligation to vote Republican. Listening to Obama and his bots and seeing how Democrats interact with others leaves no doubt, facts are solid, facts define the truth period.

    July 26, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Liz the First

    Glad to see this line of attack. women need to wake up and vote for the part that's dedicated to protecting our rights before we lose them all, and i'm not just talking about the right to choose reproductive healthcare. there are right wingnuts out there so anti-women, we'd be lucky to keep the right to vote if they came to power. can you say burkas, ladies???

    July 26, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. James L.

    Abortion opposition? Romney had been part of an investment group that invested $75 million in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from family planning clinics. So Romney is against abortion unless abortion is profitable. Romney is such a malleable shapeshifter fraud.

    July 26, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. jerry

    yup Mitt Romney just can no longer bring himself to support the destruction of human life....Isn't that horrible? That is his own moral objection...now, will he push it off on you? NO! obama is grasping at straws...cant run on his record so...attack attack attack.

    July 26, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Thomas

    I'm sure Romney will change his mind again and again and again and again.

    Romney is out of touch !

    July 26, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. jovie141

    At least the President has an answer to the out of context remark he made. Still waiting on Romneys answer to how he created jobs at Bain. And where are The Romney Tax Returns? Maybe that is why Trump always says no to a Presidential bid?
    Also, This ad about pro choice is correct and a good one!

    July 26, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Dnick47

    Any woman, unless she's already a duped Mormon, would be a fool to vote for the Mormon Bishop. You gals would be setting yourselves back 150 years at least if he and his backward Godless church had their way... women would revert back to being 2nd class citizens.

    July 26, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Laura, Boston

    Sorry Jenni,
    There are so many people who would give anything to have a baby. Why don't some of these selfish women think about the life growing in their womb. Think of the 12 parents whose hearts are aching for those loved ones senselessly killed by a madman. What makes these women any less of a murderer than a sick madman. A life is a life. Remember how happy we were when a mom who was shot recently gave birth to a healthy baby. Thank God for small miracles. We have lots of potential miracles out there waiting for a chance to make some couple happy.


    July 26, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Didn't Romney also support abortion rights at some point? Why do conservatives make such a large deal over this?

    July 26, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Dave

    Another distraction from the real issues – deficits, debt and unemployment. Nice try.

    July 26, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. Common sense grandma

    I wonder how many people heard the entire speech the President made.

    July 26, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. Bev

    I don't know why politicians have made abortion a black and white issue. the church Romney is a part of believes that if there is incest, rape, or endangerment of the mother that an abortion is viable. but i guess politicians are playing off the hopes that people do not do there research when they put out there ads about the other opponent.

    July 26, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Mike Texoma

    The number one opponent of injustice and hipocracy was Jesus. He is the most famous of all champions of fairness and reason and jusice. Justinian the Great, emporer of Byzantium in the 7th Century AD, gave his subjects a code of laws by which they could live in fairness and in justice and in reason. I have spent my life working with the British common law, which includes many of the principle and precepts of the Justinian tradition. So, when this Christian President talks about fairness, he strikes a very deep chord in me. And I pray that the President is right in believing that most Americans want to live in a society that is fair and balanced and reasonable. And all of this distortion on the part of the Republicans, that his call for fairness is somehow an attack on entrepreneurship and an attack on success, is truly distasteful.

    July 26, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  19. Mike Texoma

    St. Paul to the contrary notwithstanding, Jesus would never relegate folks with uteruses to second class status in any society. Women were some of his most ardent supporters and most trusted allies. And although it is not written that he ever named a woman an apostle, I expect that more than one of his diciples was named Mary.

    July 26, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Myviewis

    After hearing these words "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen," the president said in Roanoke, Virginia." from President Obama I can see why he feels we all should pay for a woman getting pregnant and wanting an abortion because if she got pregnant, she didn't cause it, somebody else made it happen to her. Why should a woman and her partner pay for her abortion when we have lots of taxpayer's dollars available ( not that a woman will get pregnant only once). This is so nonsense when you compare it to the families needing jobs and prices going up, such a gimmick from Democrats because President Obama has no record to run on or even academics or experience.

    July 27, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    Romney supports "A version" of the human life amendment even if that is with exceptions and there are many versions, he does so how you can get that to pants on fire defeats me. Especially since he has clearly said Repeal Roe vs Wade so that he can the return the issue to states. He is on the anti abortion side and pro life side, thats his policy postion, fine.. got it, the rest is hot air and wind. On this alone he lost any chance of my wife's vote a long time ago, and as a male it was a small influence on my anti Romney view which is more to do with his much too overt religious positions, not convinced his economic policies work better than Obama's. Certainly, (at this election time) disagree his tax policy and the guaranteed unemployment increasing Ryan budget draconian cuts which mitts supports.

    July 27, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. ourjungle

    I know this may not be the thread to broach the subject, but there may be something wrong with Obama...his birth date is listed as 8/04/61,which gives him the astrological sign of Leo ( July 23 – Aug 22)....his real life behavior is not in sync with his sign....Obama needs help. That is what is in the tea leafs...are there any astrological readers out there that see something else....Obama is way, way out of his path?? Yes, he is leading our Nation to hell in a handbasket....YOUR marriage will not survive his "engineered" economic depression.

    July 27, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    Any one that talks sense will vote and support Obama12

    July 27, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  24. gt

    paint what ever you want....its about jobs.....this will not change votes ,,,killing of the unborn is murder....

    July 27, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  25. Marie MD

    You know what the bully bishop said. The women who go to Planned Parenthood for their health NOT for an abortion can go someplace else.
    Where? Are his doctors for the rich going to open their doors to women who have so much less than this family of buffons?

    July 27, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |