New Obama ad responds to Romney abortion ad
October 18th, 2012
02:26 PM ET
10 years ago

New Obama ad responds to Romney abortion ad

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are sparring over abortion on the Virginia airwaves.

Obama's campaign on Thursday released a new television ad, "Seen," in response to a spot Romney's campaign aired on Wednesday.

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Romney's ad aired on three television stations in the Virginia area, according to the political ad tracking firm CMAG, and the Obama campaign says their spot will run in Virginia.

While Romney's campaign usually announces a new television ad, the campaign did not release or post to their website an announcement of the Wednesday ad.

The narrator in Obama's ad references Romney's spot, then shows a clip from a 2008 Republican primary debate.

One of the moderators, CNN's Anderson Cooper, is seen asking, "If Roe v. Wade was overturned and Congress passed a federal ban on all abortions and it came to your desk, would you sign it, yes or no?"

"Let me say it. I'd be delighted to sign that bill," Romney answers.

The ad does not include the rest of Romney's response to the question.

"But that's not where we are. That's not where America is today," Romney said. "Where America is is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states that authority. But if the Congress got there, we had that kind of consensus in that country, terrific."

Cooper's question was prompted by a viewer-submitted question, who posed the hypothetical that the Supreme Court had overturned the landmark ruling.

The Obama spot then condenses the nuance. "Banning all abortions?" asks the narrator, and Romney's reply: "I'd be delighted to sign that bill."

The narrator continues, "Trying to mislead us? That's wrong. But ban all abortions? Only if you vote for him."

Romney's Wednesday spot shows him as more moderate than some have suggested.

"You know those ads saying Mitt Romney would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme, so I looked into it," she says. "Turns out Romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. In fact he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life."

Abortion returned to focus after the Republican candidate said in a recent interview, "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."

The candidate and his campaign sought to clarify that he would support efforts to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood and would support judicial nominees who favor overturning Roe v. Wade.

Obama's campaign did not say how much it would spend to air the spot.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Pete

    On the abortion issue Romneys lying thru his teeth because he doesn't believe in any abortion even in the instence of a woman losing her life for her fetus!!Romney won't tell the truth because he'll lose his butt vote wise with women who do want a choice and he knows it!!Ask Romney how he made pregnant single women give up their newborns or face excommunication from the Mormon church,truth does hurt but facts are forever!!

    October 18, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Really?

    Daniel – there is nothing coincidental about it. Both President Obama and Mr. Romney were aware that Ms. Crowley was fact checking in the moment. In addition, anyone who is in the public eye knows very well that everything they say on camera is recorded and transcripts are made. In addition, he was telling Mr. Romney to look at the transcripts, not Ms. Crowley

    October 18, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "So he's okay with abortion, but he'd be happy to sign a bill to ban it? Yeah, that sounds like Mitt."

    Let me explain...or, more accurately, let Orwell explain...DOUBLETHINK:

    "To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again...The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies"

    -George Orwell, "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

    October 18, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Dave Jaipersaud

    Here are the facts. Romney and the Republicans want to dictate to a woman what is best for her. He wants to stuff government down women’s throats and other body parts. The Republican Party believes certain types of rape are legitimate and the victims should have no reprieve if they get pregnant and that government should dictate to the victims what they can do to their bodies. This is certainly a more radical Republican position than the previous Republican Administration.

    Romney and Ryan both supported legislation that ban abortion that made no exception to what a Republican Politician by the name Tod Akin called “LEGITIMATE RAPE”. In fact Ryan co-sponsored a bill with Akin to ban all such “LEGITIMATE RAPE” abortions. And now they want us to believe they will make an exception. How stupid do they think we are? How can you ever thrust these hypocrites.

    People wake up. Past legislative actions of Ryan, Romney and pretty much most of the Republican politicians supports Akin’s remarks. To prove this point, no exemption for rape is included in the Republican Party’s platform set to be adopted by the party Romney will officially lead when he accepts the Republican nomination next week.
    So my fellow humans, in America we have one party that believes certain types of rape is legitimate and the victim should have no reprieve if they get pregnant and that government should dictate to the victims what they can do to their bodies, while the other party believes that all forms of rape is illegal, morally wrong, and the victim should have a reprieve if they get pregnant and that government should not dictate to the victims what they can do to their bodies.
    What a bunch of hypocrites. Most of the Republicans agree with the substance of what Akin said which is there should be no abortion exception for women who were raped. This position is enshrined in their Party’s’ platform, which Romney will adopt at the Convention. Their VP candidate, Paul Ryan co-sponsored legislation that would grant NO reprieve to women who were raped and over 200 House and Senate Republicans voted for it. They all think that women should have no choice in the matter. This is the Republican Party showing their true colors. If they should ever gain control of the Presidency, House and Senate, Americans should BEWARE.

    People! You have a choice.

    October 18, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Critical Thinking

    For any responsible, successful women, the issues of abortion and contraceptive are not their top priority. They aremore than capable of handling these issues without the federal government sticking their nose into it. Now for the women who are irresponsible, lack morals, don't look to the future, sure they need a government babysitter to take care of them but guess what, we don't want to pay for their babysitter. Actions have consequences, deal with them.

    October 18, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. ja

    God forbid, the election of romney, and those who vote for him despite his twisted policy, practices

    October 18, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Fact

    @Sniffitt – the fact is plain and simple no matter how you try to spin it: Obama allowed his administration to continue to promote a lie for two weeks.

    October 18, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Marty, FL

    Both Romney and Ryan have taken more extreme positions of supporting "personhood" that would outlaw contraceptives for women. It's not right.

    October 18, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. The 1 Prophet

    The problem with Obama is they thought the minority would grow the economy in the last 4 years, wrong!! the minority can never grow any economy anywhere, they locks skills and education as a foundation to do just that.. Romny has a vision just like me and he will lead this Nation the right way.

    October 18, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. The 1 Prophet

    The problem with Obama is he thought the minority would grow the economy in the last 4 years, wrong the minority can never grow any economy anywhere.

    October 18, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    Women. Be VERY afraid of what Mitt & the Repub. Taliban would try to do with YOUR Life.

    October 18, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Fact

    @lamnotfooled – um, yeah , you have been fooled. Everyone knows (well, I guess except you) that Medicare and Soc. Sec. are in big trouble and need reform. So far, the problem has been kicked down the road for our children and grandchildren to deal with. That's why cutting relatively unimportant subsidies like big bird need to take place; so things like Medicare and Soc. Sec. won't lose funding.

    October 18, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. tim

    Hey if you people want a abortion have all you want just don't make the tax payer pay for them Obama makes me believe in retroactive berth control!

    October 18, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. MrBeenThere

    Oh Daniel..... the reason Fox didn't jump in it was because they are stupid but not that stupid.......... President Obama was referring to the transcripts of that day and the papers that were in Candy's hand were her moderator notes.
    Even you can't be that simple minded to think it's all a big conspiracy against poor poor I just pooped my pants Mitt.

    October 18, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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