The Mitt Romney abortion comment, which has made headlines this week, is actually quite vague: “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
Why is Romney changing his position on abortion now, I mean, again? Or is he not?
Maybe in the same guise that he opted to tan his face just before appearing before “people of color,” (Hispanics) in Florida, he is now willing to use some kind of ‘high heels’ before women?
What does that really mean? Is he inferring that he’s not familiar with Roe v. Wade perhaps? Well, he must be! Or his statement is just ‘completely wrong.’
However, when he was running against McCain in 2007 and in response to a debate question, Romney said he’d ban a federal law on abortion. The Romney abortion comment back then was, “I’d be delighted to sign that bill. But that’s not where we are. That’s not where America is today. Where America is is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states that authority.”
So, is Mitt Romney familiar with this law he talks about or is he ‘just talking?’ And… why would any of us be surprised with his contradictory statements? Don’t we already know he is a swing (or is it a flip-flop) candidate? I’d agree with Lis Smith from the Obama campaign: “Women simply can’t trust him.”
But let’s go to the source.
Here is Romney’s statement from his website: “Mitt believes that life begins at conception and wishes that the laws of our nation reflected that view. But while the nation remains so divided, he believes that the right next step is for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
Can’t be mistaken. This comment is not pro-choice. The Romney abortion comment in his website is that of an anti-abortion advocate.
Of course, as with Obamacare, “Mitt” is just posing as a wannabe sound Republican. He has expressed that he wants to repeal and dismantle mostly any important advancement towards social justice and equal rights, and against the will of that 47 percent of people he said he doesn’t care for. Oh, I apologize. It seems it was just a campaign gaffe. He already changed his mind about this also. He apologized with a smile: his videotaped comment was “completely wrong!”
At lunch today, one Romney supporter was telling me that at least “the guy is honest” and openly expresses what is in his mind. How so? The problem is precisely that the country is bewildered at Romney’s capacity to flip-flop from the center to the right to the left and back. And people need to know what Romney’s real thoughts are before they make a decision in November.
Obviously, Romney is aware that women – other than the ones who judiciously nod yes to their husbands–are his weakest link.
And he has a scorpion in his pocket. His partner Paul Ryan has been ticketed the new head of the Republican war on women.
I think Romney abortion comment might be a response to his newly gained confidence after the debate and a new poll by Bloomberg News revealing that in two swing states, Ohio and Virginia, there might be an opportunity for Romney: he already has some ground with women who seem to trust him with handling the economy.
However, these same women see Barack Obama as “more in tune with their concerns about federal funding for the family-planning organization Planned Parenthood; required insurance coverage for birth control, and abortion rights.”
Did the poll obliterate any memory Romney’s might have of expressing that we’d cut funding to Planned Parenthood? Or was that another “completely wrong” statement?
Romney’s numbers are lagging with female voters who feel threatened by a candidate (and his designated partner) who have proven hostile to their reproductive rights.
A poll released Thursday by Lifetime television, revealed that, “Women who say they are likely to vote in November currently support President Barack Obama over Governor Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin. Fewer than one in ten are undecided.”
The only possible credibility to the new Romney abortion comment is what he said before he conveniently catered to the Tea Party’s profile of a desirable candidate.
To refresh your memory: Romney supported abortion rights when he became Massachusetts governor. Oh, excuse me! That was only for a little while. He changed his mind while still in office.
Romney might have become a stone in Paul Ryan’s shoe who is about to debate Vice President Biden. Ryan is all but tepid: he has been a passionate anti-abortion advocate in the Congress, sponsoring the “personhood” amendment in his last term, which would make abortion illegal even in cases of rape.
What is Ryan going to say now? Or are they playing “good cop-bad cop,” to confuse the nation’s electorate?