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Last night in Arizona....
(CNN's John) KING: It's an issue on which all of you have criticism on the Obama administration, it's an issue on which some of you have also criticized each other.
Governor Romney, both Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich have said during your tenure as governor, you required Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims.
Governor, did you do that?
ROMNEY: No, absolutely not. Of course not.
There was no requirement in Massachusetts for the Catholic Church to provide morning-after pills to rape victims. That was entirely voluntary on their report. There was no such requirement.
Dec. 9, 2005, Chicago Tribune...
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Gov. Mitt Romney abandoned plans Thursday to exempt Roman Catholic and other private hospitals from a new law requiring them to dispense emergency contraception to rape victims.
Romney had backed regulations proposed earlier this week by his public health commissioner, Paul Cote, who said the new law conflicted with an older one barring the state from forcing private hospitals to dispense contraceptive devices or information.
Mitt Romney, bless his little Mormon heart, is a habitual liar. Romney has been criticized for his flip-flopping on issues, taking both sides on any given issue, topic, or policy. That criticism is warranted.
But Mitt's bigger problem, it seems to me, is his willingness to lie on cue.
As the Tribune piece from 2005 clearly says...."Romney abandoned plans to exempt Catholics and ..private hospitals from..requiring them to dispense emergency contraception to rape victims."
Not...."Democrats abandoned plans"...not "Republicans abandoned plans".....but, "Romney abandoned plans."
Remember, the question was..."did you....require Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims." The answer is very obviously..."yes." Yet, Romney said..."of course not."
If Romney is willing to lie so brazenly about something like this.....what wouldn't he lie about?
Odder still was this exchange between the debate moderator, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney....
KING:...When you were campaigning in Iowa, you told an evangelical blog, if elected, you will talk about what, quote, "no president has talked about before -- the dangers of contraception." Why?
SANTORUM:...What we're seeing is a problem in our culture with respect to children being raised by children, children being raised out of wedlock, and the impact on society economically, the impact on society with respect to drug use and all -- a host of other things when children have children.
ROMNEY: John, you know, I think as Rick has just said, this isn't an argument about contraceptives, this is a discussion about, are we going to have a nation which preserves the foundation of the nation, which is the family, or are we not? And Rick is absolutely right.
When you have 40 percent of kids being born out of wedlock, and among certain ethnic groups the vast majority being born out of wedlock, you ask yourself, how are we going to have a society in the future?...
The fact is that the teen pregnancy rate is at it's lowest level in 40 years. Mitt said Rick was absolutely right when he said that the "problem in our culture" has to do with "children having children."
I guess facts simply do not matter.
Think with me here. Take in the wonder and glory of a couple of guys running for president who don't know f*ck nor what about what it is they are talking about.
Santorum says our problem is with children having children and Romney gives him a high five on that thought. Santorum and Romney are responding this way in the middle of questions over contraception and the evil Obama mandating contraception in all health insurance plans. The two candidates bring up teen pregnancy in their answer....wringing their hands and moaning "woe is our nation because of teen pregnancies."
And yet, the teen pregnancy rate is at a 40 year low.....and...duh....keeping contraception easily available will reduce teen pregnancies even more.
I can't remember a slate of candidates from the GOP ever embarrassing themselves and their voters so humiliatingly as Mitt and Rick are doing over female reproductive rights.
If you are very quiet and listen very carefully.....you can hear the independent voters...right now....saying...."are you effing kidding me?"