Obama team hits Romney for ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood comment
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign slammed Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying his comments about defunding Planned Parenthood were evidence that women couldn’t trust him.
“Of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one, but there are others,” the Republican presidential candidate said during a campaign stop in Missouri. “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrack, I’d eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
Obama for America Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter said the remark showed “how low he is willing to go to pander to the most extreme elements of the Republican base.”
“Planned Parenthood is a vital health care provider for millions of American women, giving them affordable access to life-saving services like mammograms and cervical cancer screenings,” she added. “Even more offensive is that he would justify on fiscal grounds the elimination of Planned Parenthood, which represents 0.01% of the federal budget, even as he proposes a $5 trillion tax plan that would give massive tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.”
“Whether it’s his support for the Blunt amendment, which would allow any employer to drop coverage for health care services like contraception because of personal beliefs, or these extreme comments today, it’s clear that American women cannot trust Mitt Romney to stand up for them.”
Romney attended a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in 1994 and his wife donated to the group from their joint checking account.
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