GOP Candidates Smackdown: Who's the Most Extreme on Women's Health?
UPDATE: We're feeling compelled to update this post with the link to Ron Paul's new ad being run in Iowa and New Hampshire, that pump up his anti-choice creds. Not only is he trying to compete with Romney and Gingrich on who is more out of touch, maybe he's trying to attain official Women are Watching Chump status?
It’s quite the scene to witness a group of politicians fight over who is the most whacked on the issue of women's health. But alas, it is happening — and it ain’t pretty.
The most recent of this sparring is by Mitt Romney’s affiliated Super PAC, Restore our Future. They’re airing an ad claiming that Newt Gingrich has supported “taxpayer funding of some abortions.” Which is kinda hilarious, considering (A.) Newt is the poster boy for misinforming people that taxpayer-funded abortions need to be stopped (since, you know, the Hyde Amendment currently prohibits federal taxpayer funding for abortion), and (B.) Romney’s very flip-floppy history on the issue. Via Think Progress:
“As Matt Yglesias has pointed out, what makes Romney’s now-‘staunch’ pro-life position so distasteful is how staunchly he defended a woman’s right to choose while running for governor of the left-leaning state of Massachusetts in 2002. He fiercely denied then “that he was even slightly less pro-choice” than his opponent, offering “one of the most passionate defenses of abortion rights” heard from Romney or any male politician in an interview with the late Tim Russert.”
But now, Romney’s friends are attacking his opponents for not hating women's health as much as he does, and they’re not the only ones. This question of who's the most extreme on abortion seems to be the biggest concern for the GOP candidates as of late — between Michele Bachmann’s attack on Gingrich's stance at the last GOP debate, Huckabee’s “abortion forum,” Gingrich’s signing of a“personhood” pledge to take away women's health care, and the recent hot topic of extreme anti-choice leader Bob Vander Plaats making a personal endorsement of Rick Santorum. Jobs? Foreign policy? Education? Nah.
Happy Holidays, folks; these are the Republican candidates for president.