VIDEO: Mitt Romney Combats the Left’s ‘War on Women’ Charge
Chris Wallace sat down with Mitt Romney ahead of the Republican National Convention. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is expected to make his acceptance speech this week in Tampa, Florida. On Fox News Sunday, Romney said he hopes the takeaway from his speech will be, “That I believe in America and in the American people, that I believe that this nation is unique and exceptional and that we have everything we need to continue to lead the world in prosperity and in peace.”
In the wake of Congressman Todd Akin’s comments on rape, the Obama campaign charged that this was part of the Republican ‘war on women.’ Romney called it a “terrible statement on [Akin's] part. I think it was uniformed. I think it was outrageous and offensive. I've asked him to get out of the race. I think I have distanced myself as -- from the kind of thing he said as far as I possibly can. He was wrong.”
Wallace asked the former governor, “How do you answer the Obama charge that they offer more support, more choice to women when it comes to abortion or rape or birth control or women’s health care.”
Romney responded, telling Wallace that he’s proud of Romneycare, “Well, first of all, with regards to women's health care, look, I'm the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women and men in my state. They're just talking about it at the federal level. We actually did something and we did it without cutting Medicare and without raising taxes.
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He continued, “With regards to contraception, of course Republicans and myself in particular recognize that people should have a right to use contraceptives. There’s absolutely no validity whatsoever to the Obama effort to try and bring that up.”
Romney stated that when it comes to abortion, they recognize that different people have come to different conclusions, “but it’s not just men who think one way, women also in many cases are pro-life.”
Speaking of his late father and former governor of Michigan, Romney said, “I’m drafting a convention speech and thinking about the kinds of things my dad would say if he had the chance to offer that speech […] He gave some advice to the new governor of Michigan, John Engler, years ago and I've heard him give it to many people -- which is be bold, don't worry about what people think, just be bold, get the job done. That's the advice he'd give me.”
In part two of this Fox News Sunday exclusive, Check out Chris Wallace's interview with Mitt and Ann, this time getting an inside look into the Romney's family life!