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Stephanopoulos: Contraception debate question 'a bet' with Diane Sawyer (Video)
The Daily Caller ^ | January 12, 2012 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 01/12/2012 8:37:10 AM PST by Rufus2007

After last Saturday night’s 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 Central’s “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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: contraception; debates; georgestephanopoulos; gopdebate
Imagine if the same sort of "joke" made after a debate by a moderator of a DNC debate, especially after tensions were running so high during Hillary/Obama four years ago.

But Rush Limbaugh was right -- it's hard to understand why these hopefuls continue to play by the MSM's rules.

1 posted on 01/12/2012 8:37:22 AM PST by Rufus2007
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To: Rufus2007

Too bad “Steffie’s” parents didn’t use some contraceptive method. Sick of this smarmy little puke. (no offense intended. LOL!)


2 posted on 01/12/2012 8:44:22 AM PST by rktman
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To: Rufus2007

The little puke reminds me of Shawn Penn.


3 posted on 01/12/2012 8:49:11 AM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: rktman

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%.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 8:50:01 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Rufus2007

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.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 8:55:26 AM PST by docbnj
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To: Rufus2007
it's hard to understand why these hopefuls continue to play by the MSM's rules.

Partly because of a continuing problem with the GOP -- weakly backbone.

Partly because what other options do they have? FoxNews? Even FoxNews is slanting to the left. What other major television venues are there? Of course, on radio, there are the conservative talkshows, but other than Rush's, most don't have that great of listening audience.


6 posted on 01/12/2012 8:58:43 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: docbnj

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.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 9:31:31 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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Knowing that Stephanopolus and Obama graduated from Columbia a year apart, I often wonder is they knew each other then. I believe both were in the same college and perhaps both studied under the professor of anarchy - Pivens.
8 posted on 01/12/2012 10:17:20 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: TomGuy

Romney should have just replied, “Abortion should not be used as a contraceptive.” That would have shut Steffie up.


9 posted on 01/12/2012 10:32:32 AM PST by sportutegrl
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