On Tuesday, Romney went off script, in a meeting with the editorial board of the Des Moines Reigster, when he said:
There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.This of course was a departure from the many promises Romney has made to his party to oppose abortion, support a constitutional amendment banning all abortion, shut down Planned Parenthood, defund health care for women, give employers the right to deny health care to their employees, and appoint activist judges to the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
His campaign quickly corrected him by saying that of course he would pursue an anti-woman agenda. And, according to TPM, the campaign also called up the anti-abortion advocacy groups to pinky swear that Romney, no matter what he says publicly, is still as virulently anti-woman as possible:
“No alarm bells here,” Tony Perkins, president of the anti-abortion Family Research Council, told TPM on Wednesday.Well, that's awful thoughtful of the campaign. But, since this is Romney we're talking about, of course the campaign also dished out this whopper:
Perkins said the Romney campaign called him soon after Romney’s remarks were published by the Des Moines Register and assured him it didn’t represent a shift by Romney from his support for pro-life issues.
“As they explained it to me, it was from the way the question was asked,” Perkins said of Romney’s quote. He said the campaign told him the interviewer was “talking about economic issues” when the quote came up.Suuuure. Romney was answering a question about "economic issues." If only there were some way to verify whether that was true. Oh wait! There is!
Do you intend to pursue any legislation specifically regarding abortion?Yup, that was the question about "economic issues" that tripped Mitt up. Of course, this was the follow-up question to this original question about "economic issues":
Is there any legislation that you plan to actively pursue in regards to women's issues?Romney's campaign is just flat-out lying now. To its own base. No wonder the anti-choicers don't really believe he's one of them.