Sunday, June 3, 2012

Romney Advisor: Women's Issues Are "Shiny Objects" That "Distract" Voters

Speaking to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Romney senior campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom equated women's health issues such as abortion with "shiny objects" that "distract people's attention." Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter questioned why, if such issues are a distraction, Romney has promoted so many social policies harmful to women. Watch:

FEHRNSTROM: Mitt Romney is pro-life. He’ll govern as a pro-life president, but you’re going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people’s attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election...

CUTTER: If it’s not a social issue election, then why did Mitt Romney just spend the last year campaigning on social issues? These are his positions that he’s taken. Whether it’s giving bosses control over whether female employees can get contraception, being for the so-called personhood amendment that would ban all forms of abortion or telling the American people that he’ll get back to them on whether he supports Lilly Ledbetter [Fair Pay Act] — which is an economic issue and it should be a no-brainer, but the governor couldn’t even bring himself to be for that. ...I think that getting rid of Planned Parenthood or a number of other social issues that the governor injected into the campaign — I think that women don’t like that intrusion. What Mitt Romney is really saying that he’s going to do is he’s going to use government to intrude into their lives. And I think that they resent that.

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