Mitt Romney refused to talk about fellow Republican Todd Akin’s bat-crap crazy comments or the topic of abortion on Thursday, according to a TV reporter in Denver. In a local news broadcast, KCNC-TV’s Shaun Boyd said the Romney campaign granted the interview on the condition she did “not ask him about abortion or Todd Akin.”
“You know, I had about five minutes with him, and we got through a fair amount of material, actually, in that five minutes,” Boyd revealed during the broadcast. “The one stipulation to the interview was that I not ask him about abortion or Todd Akin — he’s the Missouri Republican who created a firestorm after saying women’s bodies shut down in a legitimate rape to prevent pregnancy. I did ask him about health care, the female vote, and energy.”
After the Republican candidates tried distancing themselves from Akin, the new hero of the anti-abortion movement, conservatives starting turning on Team Romney in full force.
Further cementing the right-wing outrage against the Republican 2012 ticket, Jennifer Mason of Personhood USA told the Daily Beast, “Romney and Ryan have turned their backs on the Republican Party platform in cases of rape… That’s a huge problem.”
Team Obama and the DNC ate up the civil war brewing within the Republican Party by posting the TV clip and issuing a memo to reporters. The statement read, “The Republican Party’s officially endorsed the Akin amendment, which would ban abortion for all women, including rape victims, and Paul Ryan has struggled to explain his support for redefining rape. Mitt Romney’s campaign might be able to muzzle reporters from asking tough questions, but women across America deserve to know the truth about Romney-Ryan’s extreme agenda.”
With just four days to go until the Republican National Convention, the Romney campaign’s agenda snowballed this week after Congressman Akin’s comments on “legitimate rape.” Instead of talking about the economy or foreign policy, they have been forced to address the GOP’s strict anti-abortion platform and other social issues that might scare away Independent voters.
Perhaps he’d care to discuss his secret tax returns instead?