The Obama campaign got caught lying about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s views on abortion today after numerous mainstream media reporters pointed out that Obama’s latest ad selectively edits Romney’s words to fit Democrats’ narrative that a Romney presidency would be “dangerous” to women.
The ad incorrectly claims Romney would ban abortion as President based on a statement he made to CNN’s Anderson Cooper during the GOP presidential primary.
“If Roe v. Wade was overturned, Congress passed a federal ban on all abortions and it came to your desk – would you sign it? Yes or no?” Cooper asked Romney.
“I’d be delighted to sign that bill,” Romney replied, adding, “But that’s not where we are. That’s not where America is today.”
The Obama ad cuts off the second part of Romney’s statement to make it look like Romney would seek to end American women’s right to choose.
The renewed focus on women’s issues in the presidential campaign began last month when the Obama campaign released a hyperbolic ad featuring an Obama supporter who claimed that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “dangerous” to America and opposes basic healthcare for women.
“I don’t think that women’s health issues have faced a crisis like this in decades,” the supporter says in the ad.
Romney denied the Obama campaign’s claims in an interview last week with the Des Moines Register, saying,“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
Obama campaign deputy press secretary Stephanie Cutter immediately accused Romney of “trying to soften his position” on abortion because “his anti-choice position, his anti-Roe v. Wade position, is bad for his presidential prospects.”
Romney’s campaign fought back against the Obama campaign’s misleading claims about its candidate’s stance on abortion by releasing a new TV ad Wednesday that boils the issue down to this ground-breaking idea: just Google it.
In the new Romney ad a 2008 Obama supporter identified only as “Sarah” explains that Obama’s ad “saying Romney would ban abortion and contraception seemed a bit extreme.”
So you know what Sarah did? She searched the internet. And guess what she found out.
“Turns out Romney doesn’t oppose contraception at all,” Sarah says.”In fact, he thinks abortion should be an option in instances of rape, incest or to save a mother’s life.”
You don’t say.
Sarah, who is now supporting Romney after her revelation, also points out that while women’s issues are important to her, “I’m more concerned about the debt our children will be left with.”
In a rapid fire response, the Obama campaign released the quickly discredited ad “Seen,” doubling down on it false claims.
For those women who are concerned that Romney will be “dangerous” to your health, take a cue from Sarah and just Google it.