President Obama at an early morning rally in Tampa, Florida, pledging to defend the right of women to make their own health care decisions, whether the issue is abortion, birth control, or anything else:
But this issue isn't just about Richard Mourdock and Democrats didn't discover it 36 hours ago. The reason why we're seeing such energy on it is that Democrats are genuinely passionate about defending reproductive freedom and they are thrilled to be talking about an issue where their position is shared by most Americans.
But for Republicans, it's a completely different story. Mitt Romney has entered a virtual cocoon of silence. Here's his campaign yesterday:
While a Romney campaign aide has said he disagreed with Mourdock's remark, the Republican presidential nominee is standing by Mourdock and hasn't asked the Indiana state treasurer to take down a TV ad Romney filmed for him earlier this week.And according to Reuters reporter Sam Youngman, their silence is continuing today:
Beyond the statement from an aide, the Republican nominee and his aides have worked to avoid the subject. Romney did not speak to reporters or address Mourdock's remarks during two public appearances Wednesday. His aides sometimes speak to reporters traveling on Romney's campaign plane but did not appear Wednesday, and were scarce at Romney's rallies. They ignored repeated emailed questions about Mourdock.
The fact that Mitt Romney doesn't want to say anything about this tells you just how bad a spot he's in, because if there's one thing we know about Mitt Romney, it's that if he can find a way of speaking from both sides of his mouth on a topic, then that's exactly what he'll do.
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7:37 AM PT: Another reporter says Romney ignored questions about the issue: