Ad War Update

Mar 14 2012 @ 7:38pm

The DNC capitalizes on Romney's promise to defund Planned Parenthood: 

The full context

The ad features a comment made by Romney Tuesday on the campaign trail in Missouri. The former governor was asked what programs he would eliminate or defund to balance the federal budget. "You get rid of ObamaCare, but there are others," Romney said. "Planned Parenthood, we're gonna get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I would eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, both excellent programs, but we can't afford to borrow money to pay for these things." 

Steve Benen runs with it: 

As the former governor sees it, the way to improve the deficit is to cut taxes, increase military spending, and block access to contraception, family planning services, pap smears, cancer screenings, and tests for sexually-transmitted diseases. … It's also worth noting that Republican support for Planned Parenthood was the norm for nearly a half-century.

Barry Goldwater and George H.W. Bush championed the health organization; Reagan never balked at PP funding in the budget; and none of this was considered controversial in the slightest. There's no clearer example of the GOP's shift to the extreme than its newfound disgust for Planned Parenthood. But the point I keep coming back to is Romney himself having supported the health organization, including having attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser.

Here is the DNC on Romney's 65th birthday decision to forgo Medicare: 

Meanwhile, Moveon.org released this spot on the GOP's "war on women" (airing on national cable): 

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