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Aug 27 2012

Please Don’t Ask Mitt About Abortion

Not only does Mitt Romney not want you to know what’s on his tax returns, he doesn’t want you to ask him about abortion or Todd Akin either. In fact, he is apparently making that a condition of interviews now — you can interview him only if you agree not to ask about abortion, about which he has had so many contradictory positions.

Reporter: “And political specialist Shaun Boyd just finished an interview with Romney, just literally a couple of minutes ago. Shaun’s with me now. And Shaun, you were one of only four local reporters to get to talk to him. And, what did you ask him?”

Reporter Shaun Boyd: “You know, I had about five minutes with him, and we got through a fair amount of material, actually, in that five minutes. The one stipulation to the interview was that I not ask him about abortion or Todd Akin – he’s the Missouri Republican who created a firestorm after saying women shut down in a legitimate rape to prevent pregnancy. I did ask him about health care, the female vote, and energy.”

Yeah, because with the Republican-controlled House passing one anti-choice bill after another, why would anyone think his views are relevant?

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    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Why doesn’t he want to talk about abortion? Even his supporters know the noises that come out of his mouth don’t mean what anyone might naïvely think they mean.

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    MikeMa

    Old news. No longer relevant. Move on. A large number of folks deal with difficulties in just this way. No easy solution equals no need to think about it or address it.

    In the case of Romney and abortion, there is an easy answer but it means growing a pair and facing the morons, theocrats and misogynists in his own party. Not going to happen.

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    Randomfactor

    First question in the first debate has GOT to be “Gov. Romney, what is your stance on abortion, and how does it change in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother.” And no other questions until that’s answered.

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    magistramarla

    I love it that Shaun Boyd had the guts to get this information out there for all to see!

  5. 5
    Mr Ed

    Mitt Romney “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies” because he shares your values

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    baal

    Mitt Romney, trying very hard to be “not Obama” on the poling and votes. I also get the feeling he rather not take any positions, what with him having flipped, flopped and re-flipped again on pretty much every topic on where there is a record.

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    D. C. Sessions

    “I totally stand by my previously stated position and really have nothing to add to that.”

  9. 9
    julial

    Have some sympathy. The job of Ordinary, Simple Savior of America’s Destiny has become more difficult in a time of ubiquitous media and communications than in the good ol’ days.

    1: You have to be pretty.
    2: Folk are more likely to comment that what you said today to organization ‘B’ is in direct contradiction to what you said last week to organization ‘A’.
    3: Having given the franchise to so many ex-subhumans, your audiences are more diverse and pandering to each leads to more contradictions (see 2: above)

    So the religious make a perfect electorate with their greater comfort in the cognitive dissonance that comes when empiric evidence conflicts with received Truth.
    It makes you think that a bubble-headed political beauty queen who makes no sense would make the perfect candidate. Palin was just ahead of her time.
    Or you could just be like Mitt and say nothing repeatedly.

  10. 10
    matty1

    OK I think I worked this out.

    Ever since our reptilian overlords gave Professor Obama the time machine his use of it to get born in Hawaii, cause global warming, invade Poland etc has been damaging the space time continuum. Things have now got to the point where there are an infinite number of Mitt Romneys’ all with a different past -one Romney thinks abortion should be illegal, another thinks it shouldn’t etc. Asking any one Mitt a question on this could be the final push that shatters the universe.

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    Christoph Burschka

    At this rate, before the campaign is over the only question journalists will be allowed to ask him pertains to his choice of hair gel.

  12. 12
    d cwilson

    Does it really matter what questions reporters ask him? Even during the debates, he thought it was really funny to ignore the question he was asked and instead answer the question he wished they had asked.

    You really have to feel for Mittens here. He’s had to spend the last year listening to peons ask him questions as if they were his equal.

  13. 13
    Modusoperandi

    People, please! Romney says this is an election about the issues! Stick to the issues!

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    savagemutt

    At this rate, before the campaign is over the only question journalists will be allowed to ask him pertains to his choice of hair gel.

    That’s not hair gel. It’s slime.

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    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    That’s not hair gel. It’s slime.

    It’s made from boiled fetuses. That’s why he can’t make a stand. He’s against it… But nothing holds a ‘do quite like boiled fetus.

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    Rip Steakface

    You know, the show The Newsroom had an excellent point regarding debates. Nothing gets answered – they’re fucking pointless, since the moderator doesn’t press the issue and force them to fess up to whatever.

    If you got a tough moderator – someone who’s, for example, a prosecutor or a hardened old-school journalist – the debates would actually have a point. Until then, everything any politician says is just pandering. That said, Romney seems to have some kind of pandering superpower. He’s the friggin’ Aquaman of politics.

  17. 17
    Trebuchet

    Coward.

  18. 18
    democommie

    Just for shits’n'grins somebody should run an ad that says:

    “If Mittmoroni becomes president, do you know what that REALLY means? Well, do ya, punk? It means that ONE HEARTBEAT AWAY FROM RUNNING THE COUNTRY is a young, Irish, Cath-O-Lick! Wrap yore head around that one, podner!”.

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    imthegenieicandoanything

    No one loves, or even likes Mitt Rmoney. Because no one can

    An example:

    “Mitt Romney may be the most painfully awkward, incapable-of-not-being-a-dick person on the planet. And every time, every single time, he tries to do something “normal” to show how “normal” he is, it is so cringe-worthy you almost have to feel sorry for him. He’s even a dick, according to his own son Tagg, when his family gathers for supposedly normal family time:

    CHRIS WALLACE: So, Tagg, what are family meals like?
    TAGG ROMNEY: A little bit of craziness. Dad always goes in line first because he doesn’t want to wait for all the grand children because it takes forever. Parents are cutting their meat and he’s usually finished by the time the rest of us sit down.
    This is what passes for family time in the Romney home? Mitt has to cut in front of everyone because golly, he sure doesn’t want to have to wait for anyone else, especially not those annoying little grandchildren, and he sits down and eats and is all done by the time the rest of the family joins him, and that’s a “family meal”?
    And all of this—Chris Wallace joining the whole Romney clan at one of their many vacation homes—is yet another attempt to show us how just-a-regular-guy-who-loves-his-family Mitt is and that, contrary to popular belief, he is capable of actual human emotions. Not unlike the recent interview with Parade magazine in which Ann and Mitt tried really hard to prove Mitt is not a robot, but instead, we learned that he cries when he donates money to charity.

    Wow. What a guy. What a dad. What a grandpa. What a dick.”

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    d cwilson

    Who the hell has family meals “buffet style”?

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    stoferb

    I think part of why Mitt is mute about this is because of his loyalty to the mormon church. He knows that mormons actually support abortion in cases of rape. This is just another case of mormonism being equal to satanism in the eyes of many evangelicals and catholics. Best to keep quiet and don’t display any disagreement with the other fundies. That could, god forbid, imply that mormons are not christians!

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    paulburnett

    Someone should have the balls to ask Mitt about his relative Ann Keenan who died after an illegal abortion:

    “In a 1994 Senate debate with Ted Kennedy, Mitt Romney revealed a startling chapter from his past: A close relative had died many years earlier in a botched illegal abortion, shaping Romney’s stance in favor of safe and legal access to abortion for all women. But in the many years since that revelation, even as Romney flipped his position and became an ardent opponent of legal abortion, the details of his young relative’s story, including even her name, have never been reported.”

    Story continues at http://www.salon.com/2011/08/08/mitt_romney_abortion_ann_keenan/

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    democommie

    Paul Burnett:

    Oh, my, how quaint a notion of “history” you have. Mittmoroni is at war with abortion, he has ALWAYS been at war with abortion.

  24. 24
    Randomfactor

    Apparently Mitt has finally laid down a concrete statement about his position on abortion: “My position has been clear throughout this campaign. I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.”

    His campaign immediately said he didn’t really mean “health.” Off the air, of course.

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    ewanmacdonald

    Who the hell has family meals “buffet style”?

    My family does at Christmas because our table is small. We put all the food over on a sideboard and serve ourselves.

    I don’t think the Romneys have a small table issue, of course. They probably have their meals catered. But either way I don’t think it’s unusual.

    His finishing dinner before other people are even served, though, is very unusual. You’d get your fork slapped out of your hand if you tried that at my house.

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