Planned Parenthood targets Romney in swing state
September 25th, 2012
09:33 AM ET
8 years ago

Planned Parenthood targets Romney in swing state

(CNN) - Planned Parenthood Votes, a super PAC, released a new television ad Tuesday in Virginia that hits Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as out of touch with women.

The ad, "Cynthia's Story," features a patient who credits Planned Parenthood with helping her survive a battle with cancer.

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"I could feel a lump in my abdomen. I was very scared. Planned Parenthood saved my life with an early diagnosis of cancer," she says in the ad.

Planned Parenthood Votes paired up with the health care organization's private arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, to pay for the $3.5 million ad buy announced earlier this month. The groups say the new ad will begin airing in northern Virginia markets on Wednesday and on Ohio airwaves next week.

The spot highlights footage of Romney saying in a March interview that he would "get rid of" of Planned Parenthood among other federal programs he would eliminate to help reduce the deficit.

Romney's campaign has since walked back the remark, saying the candidate meant he would defund, not cut, the program.

"It would not be getting rid of the organization. They have other sources of funding besides government operations, but in order to achieve balance, we have to make some tough decisions about spending," Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said on CNN shortly after the interview.

Planned Parenthood, however, has used the comment to attack Romney in previous ads that aired in several swing states and renewed the attack in its latest spot.

"When Mitt Romney says 'Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that,' he really doesn't understand how many women depend on Planned Parenthood," Cynthia Wilson says in the commercial.

She continues: "We're talking about real lives here. I believe Mitt Romney is out of touch. I think he just does not have any idea how many lives he's devastating."

The ad comes as Romney struggles to narrow the gender gap between him and President Barack Obama, who sees strong support among women compared to the Republican nominee.

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters consider the president to be more in touch with problems faced by women, while 34% feel the same about Romney, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released earlier this month.

Recent polls also revealed Romney behind Obama in the crucial swing state of Virginia, where the ad airs beginning Tuesday. According to CNN's Poll of Polls, which averages three polls of likely voters from the state, Obama has a six point advantage over Romney, 50%-44%.

The group says its seven health centers in Virginia saw 23,728 clients last year. Planned Parenthood provides a range of services, including birth control, abortions, breast exams, Pap tests, and STD testing and treatment.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    Dims can abort babies to their heart's delight, but we don't want taxpayer dollars given to Planned Parenthood paying for it.

    September 25, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. SuperD

    Planned Parenthood is the poster child for the damn Federal Govt intervention into things they have no business in.

    It's nothing more than a front by the Democrats to launder money into the Dem Machine and offer public paid for abortions on the side.

    Shut this sickening Liberal, Progressive dog turd down!

    September 25, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Penny Wright- No Romney represents America!. We are still trying to figure out who Obama represents.

    September 25, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. bks

    The only agenda Romney-Ryan have is to reduce the deficit by cutting all the federal program. Do not talk about taxes unless you are for cutting it.
    Great philosophy. If I am rich I will talk to rich only. Others are no where on the horizon.

    September 25, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Wilson

    PP enabling women to be slts with no consequences from its beginning.

    September 25, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Larry in Houston

    @ Donkey Party – LOL – – I agree – LOL the romney regime will put Any Women's Issues on the back burner, for sure. Not to mention the people in your last sentence. I'm not a huge obama supporter, as a matter of fact, he's not perfect, and there's some things that I did not agree with in the obama administration, but he's better than what's running against him.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 – Straight Ticket – ( for the "working" middle class )

    September 25, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. WiredweirdinSF

    Planned Parenthood is like AARP, NORML, Code PInk the Rainbow Coalitionand the DNC. Wholly owned subsidiaries or the SEIU.

    September 25, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. ExRepublican

    Romney/Ryan is trying to hurt women in parenthood.
    Romney is disgrace to our country.

    September 25, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. bethjoyce

    They have other sources of funding besides government operations, but in order to achieve balance, we have to make some tough decisions about spending," I'm absolutely positive the choice to potentially defund Planned Parenthood was not a tough decision for Romney. I'm sure he lost no sleep over it!!

    September 25, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. GI Joe

    If RMoney knows how to create jobs, why does he not bring his money to the U.S. and create some? Think about it.

    He's just another one making and hoarding money for himself.

    September 25, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Thinker

    romney is in no way prepared to be president. He can't even run a campaign. He can't be very bright. Now a days if you are anyone running for office you sould know that chances are good you are being recorded.

    September 25, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. clarke

    Planned Parenthood needs to change it's name to Women's health. They do treat all kinds of women's health issues, not just planned parenthood. The name gives them a bad name because people can't see the forest thru the trees. very narrow minded when it come to a name. Many people wear blinders, when it comes to plain common sense and logic.

    September 25, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Valerie

    All this talk about cutting programs that help the middle class and the poor!! Just once I would like to hear a canditate of either party, say " I am proposing a bill that would cut my congressional salary, reduce my healthcare ( paid for by the taxpayer) and cut my federal retirement.. Guess we will never hear that!!!! They just want the rest of us to sacrifice.

    September 25, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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