Skip to comments.Stephanopoulos: Contraception debate question 'a bet' with Diane Sawyer (Video)
Posted on 01/12/2012 8:37:10 AM PST by Rufus2007
After last Saturday nights Republican presidential debate, Good Morning America co-anchor and This Week moderator George Stephanopoulos took criticism for his handling of a debate question about contraception and his persistence on the issue with GOP front-runner Mitt Romney. On Comedy Centrals The Colbert Report on Wednesday, Stephanopoulos gave his side. The question was about the right to privacy, Stephanopoulos said. One of the candidates said he believes the states have the right to ban contraception. I was asking Mitt Romney the same question.
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But Rush Limbaugh was right -- it's hard to understand why these hopefuls continue to play by the MSM's rules.
Too bad “Steffie’s” parents didn’t use some contraceptive method. Sick of this smarmy little puke. (no offense intended. LOL!)
The little puke reminds me of Shawn Penn.
Why does the GOP not have the nads to refuse to participate in debates where all the moderators are Rats? It is crazy. If Romney had turned to all the other candidates and said this is a dumb question..let’s all walk out..he would get my vote. As it is..none of these candidates is a good choice. Maybe Romney has the best chance to beat Obama, but I would rate it at about 30%.
The Stephanopoulos question was basically a rephrasing of the Griswold case, in which the Supreme Court found (or simply invented) a supposed right to privacy in the Constitution
Romney could have pointed that out, and should have asserted that the Constitution does not totally prohibit states from enacting stupid legislation. It depends on the electorate, who are ultimately responsible. States frequently enact legislation which is foolish, as for example minimum wage laws and other attractive-sounding but deleterious acts. We must live with those laws until there is enough enlightenment to repeal them. Some states can’t even balance their budgets, which means that they elect representatives who cannot handle simple arithmetic.
There is something bizarre about the purported “right to privacy”: can anyone offer a coherent explanation why it only applies to things related to sex and not to psychoactive substances? Medical prescriptions for marijuana are just as much between physician and patient as prescriptions for contraceptives or the decision to undergo a “therapeutic abortion”. Consensual sodomy and a drug buy, provides all participants are 18 or older, both taking place behind closed doors, are both interchanges between “consenting adults”.
The power of a state to ban the sale of contraceptives, if the elected legislature so decides, is identical to the power of the state to ban the sale of other substances. Likewise the Federal government has power in either case only by the elastic interpretation of the interstate commerce clause. But somehow once sex is involved, constitutional penumbrae constrain the power of both state and Federal governments, while if it’s grow-your-own weed for private consumption, the police either state or Federal can break in with a no-knock warrant and seize all your property.
Romney should have just replied, “Abortion should not be used as a contraceptive.” That would have shut Steffie up.