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CNN Blames GOP Reps for Women Saying Abortion Most Important Issue
NewsBusters.org ^ | October 19, 2012 | Matt Hadro

Posted on 10/19/2012 2:20:04 PM PDT by Kaslin

After a Gallup poll showed abortion as the top issue among likely women voters, CNN's Carol Costello suggested Republicans are responsible – and not in a good way.

"Why now? Maybe it's because there's been so much controversial language surrounding the issue lately, like Congressman Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' comments," said Costello, bringing in the Democratic talking points. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

CNN Points Finger at Akin, Walsh for Women Saying Abortion Most Important Issue

She added "quite controversial" remarks from Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and asked "But because these sorts of comments are out there, might that be a reason that women are so concerned about the abortion issue?"

And Costello tarred Mitt Romney with their "controversial" words. "But, Ana, it is true Mitt Romney is pro-life. But he believes there are exceptions for the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. So, when you have comments like what Joe Walsh just said, it just paints Republican men in an unrealistic way, perhaps?"

Republican strategist Ana Navarro shot down her argument. "Look, Carol, let me tell you something, if we got rid of every congressman and every legislator who's ever said something that's ridiculous or ignorant, we'd be left with precious few people in the United States Congress," she maintained.

A transcript of the segment, which aired on CNN Newsroom on October 19 at 9:31 a.m. EDT, is as follows:

[9:31]

CAROL COSTELLO: So what is the top issue for women voters? Equal pay? Mitt Romney's "binders of women" comment? The economy? Nope. It's abortion. That's what a new Gallup poll shows. 39 percent of women say abortion is the number one issue for them in the campaign. And that has more than a few women asking, abortion? Why now? Maybe it's because there's been so much controversial language surrounding the issue lately, like Congressman Todd Akin's legitimate rape comments. And just yesterday, Ann Romney visited the ladies on The View and she talked about her own take on abortion.

(...)

COSTELLO: Oh, you're not kidding. Another congressman, Republican Joe Walsh made some comments about abortion last night and they are quite controversial. Let's listen to that and then I'll ask you about it, Maria.

(Video Clip)

Rep. JOE WALSH (R-Ill.): This is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable. There is no such exception as life of the mother. And as far as health of the mother, same thing with advances in science and technology, there's – health of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime, under any reason.

(End Video Clip)

COSTELLO: So, Maria, he appears to be saying that women are using the excuse of health of the mother to get abortions, at least that's how it sounds to me. But because these sorts of comments are out there, might that be a reason that women are so concerned about the abortion issue?

(...)

COSTELLO: But, Ana, it is true Mitt Romney is pro-life. But he believes there are exceptions for the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. So, when you have comments like what Joe Walsh just said, it just paints Republican men in an unrealistic way, perhaps?

ANA NAVARRO, GOP strategist: Look, Carol, let me tell you something, if we got rid of every congressman and every legislator who's ever said something that's ridiculous or ignorant, we'd be left with precious few people in the United States Congress.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortions; cnn; commienewsnetwork

1 posted on 10/19/2012 2:20:07 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

That’s rich. The party of sex discussions 24/7/365 blames the Republicans for discussing women’s issues. Cannot believe with all the problems in our country the Dems have made the election about sex.


2 posted on 10/19/2012 2:24:04 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Kaslin
( * CNN Blames GOP Reps for Women Saying Abortion Most Important Issue * ) .......

CNN ? you got to be joking right ? grasping at straws now ?


So ?

The last 40 years or so the N.O.W. COW HAGS protests have all been a dog ( no pun intended,, on 2nd through,, why not ) and pony show ?


3 posted on 10/19/2012 2:24:48 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Kaslin

Carol would know.

it was common knowledge in central OH that Carol C. & Bob Hetherington were bumping uglies for years before they both moved to the DC circuit.

Misc abortions fit the pattern.


4 posted on 10/19/2012 2:32:11 PM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: American Constitutionalist
You must reflect the opinions we tell you!
You have no right to differing ideas of your own!

We let these Communists in through the front gate, by hook or by crook. We allowed them to put their top Community Organizer in charge of the whole show!   Fool me once...!

HF

5 posted on 10/19/2012 2:35:47 PM PDT by holden
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To: Kaslin

I do not believe abortion is the top issue for female likely voters.

I’d like to see the survey. It either forces people to select from a very limited number of issues, or it is open-ended with lots of issues, or it actually asks “what are the current issues on the minds of American women?” , i.e., asking them to regurgitate what the media has been pushing.


6 posted on 10/19/2012 2:36:36 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: holden
YUP ! Mega Dittos....


Impress upon the mind numb individuals who depend and rely on the main stream media how to think, live, eat, breath....

So ? IF.. and that's a big IF......

IF ? this is true then ?

Abortion can not be the DNC's plank issue ? right ?

The issue of Abortion .... or rather, the " RIGHT TO CHOOSE " is a non-issue now ? right CNN ?
7 posted on 10/19/2012 2:42:00 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Kaslin

Too bad they aren’t concerned about terror attacks on our embassies or Iranian nukes. People are just so stupid.


8 posted on 10/19/2012 2:44:08 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: xzins
" I do not believe abortion is the top issue for female likely voters. "


Jobs, feeding their families, and how they are going to afford the heating bill to heat the house in the winter, regardless if they are Conservative or Liberal.....
9 posted on 10/19/2012 2:44:51 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Kaslin

Abortion is the most important issue for more people who are pro-life than for the handful of people who are pro-abortion. Apparently CNN didn’t consider this.


10 posted on 10/19/2012 2:46:09 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: American Constitutionalist; onyx; Girlene

Real research would ask “Which of the following issues have personally affected you or members of your family or extended family this year?”

And then give a list.

I’m going to bet that “finding a decent abortion” and “non-availability of birth control pills” will not be on the list.


11 posted on 10/19/2012 2:51:32 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin

Carol’s pretty much an idiot, isn’t she?

I mean, who brings the issue to my home day in and day out? It’s not like I wake up with a teddy bear at the foot of my bed, prattling on about abortion because someone on the other side of the nation made a goofy comment.

No. I have to turn on the TV and flip to FOX, CNN or MSNBC to hear it.


12 posted on 10/19/2012 2:57:02 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: madison10

All I have to ever ask the leftists, and I don’t expect them to give me a straight answer, is, how good is an abortion to solve the problem of a twenty-something child of yours who has had to move back in with you and is either unemployed, underemployed, or stuck doing volunteer work hoping that this unpaid volunteer work might get a job? Or how about the kid’s needs to pay off loans for school?

Again, if they are so obssessed with abortion rights, this goes to show how out of touch they are with the general American Public.


13 posted on 10/19/2012 2:57:32 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Kaslin

Notice they don’t say what percetage of those women are pro-life vs. pro-abortion. You know that if the percentages favored the left they’d be screaming them from the roof tops. Yet another way the media misleads the public!


14 posted on 10/19/2012 3:02:42 PM PDT by gatechie
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To: Kaslin

Seems the press is dumping all sorts of crap on us right before the weekend before the last debate. Their bias towards Obama and RATs in general is just sickening. It’s the one thing that concerns me about this election. Too much time left for the press to run cover for Obama.


15 posted on 10/19/2012 3:03:08 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: xzins
The fiasco at the DNC convention ( I know, I know, it's been a total disaster since 2008 ) was the break in the wall.

What I like to hear is from average minded women of how they feel about how things are going on all over this world...
Do they feel safer with Obama at the helm ?

or Romney ?


Do they feel that Romney has the vision of how to get America back on track ?

Who ?

Would these women trust to make the right decisions in the event of a national crises ?
or a foreign war/event ?


Who ?

Would they trust their sons and daughters who are in the military that they would have their back covered and win any war that they are called upon to serve in ?


Come on Ladies, women, NOW is the time to speak your mind and as Reagan once said: The time of choosing...
16 posted on 10/19/2012 3:07:16 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Kaslin

and which women did Gallup ask? I know of NO woman who thinks that abortion is the ‘top issue’ this campaign ( not even Sandra Fluke)


17 posted on 10/19/2012 3:23:31 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Kaslin

This is disgusting media manipulation in cahoots with the Obama regime at its worst.

Obama has been playing the ‘war on women’ card for months. This is just a media extension of that campaign.


18 posted on 10/19/2012 3:27:31 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: Kaslin

What if I said abortion is the most important issue, but that’s because I am pro-life and want it banned?

It’s probably the central issue for me. If someone is pro-life, they are almost everywhere I want them to be on most other important issues.

Why do they assume that if a woman says abortion is the most important issue, she wants abortion kept legal and subsidized?


19 posted on 10/19/2012 3:52:25 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: xzins

This is the survey:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/158069/women-swing-states-gender-specific-priorities.aspx

I think you’re right about the phrasing. It didn’t ask what YOU consider the most important issue. It asked what you think the most important issue for WOMEN is. So that naturally leads the respondents to think about issues that affect women more than they affect men. And they asked the men what they think the most important issue for MEN is. So they didn’t even ask both sexes the same question.


20 posted on 10/19/2012 4:06:51 PM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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To: Kaslin

I find it difficult to accept the results of the poll that plaxes abortion as the #1 concern of women..

Where did they take the poll?
The LA barrio?
The Harlem welfare office?
Southside of Chicago?

Women face the same high gas prices, bad economy, food inflation, etc., etc. as do men.

Barack has given us all equality in suffering from his simplistic socialist policies.


21 posted on 10/19/2012 4:33:07 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few, and let another take his office.")
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To: xzins

I’m surprised the number is so high, whether it’s a pro-life or pro-abortion position. I have a hard time believing it is number 1 in this economy.


22 posted on 10/19/2012 6:15:27 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene; onyx; Alamo-Girl
Gallup says that it was an open-ended question asked to female registered voters: "What do you consider the most important issue for women in this election?"

Results for this USA Today/Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Oct. 5-11, 2012, on the Gallup Daily election tracking survey, with a random sample of 1,023 registered voters, aged 18 and older, living in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Winsconsin, selected using random-digit-dial sampling.

The data represent a subset of the Gallup Daily election tracking survey for Oct. 5-11, 2012. For results based on the total sample of "swing state" registered voters, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.

The total responses add up to more than 117%, so they must not have been limiting the womento only one response which is odd with the question being "most important issue". Abortion, jobs, healthcare, economy, equality, govt regulation, education, medicare, social security, taxes are the in order responses from the women, ranging from abortion being 39% to taxes being 1%.

I remain puzzled how the question can be "most important issue" singular but the responses add up to 117%. If each of the 1023 gave one answer, then there should be a number one response that is X/1023 of the total and a number 10 response that is X-y/1023 of the total with all responses adding to 100 when converted to percentages.

I also notethat this only in 12 swing states, and that 61% did not pick abortion as their number one issue. Nor is there any indication whether it was pro-life women who were answering abortion as their number one issue. Interestingly, when they broke down the responses asking which candidate would do better on which issue, they did not ask about abortion, their number one response, or they did not choose to publish that result. That strikes me as very odd.

In another section of the survey, and I presume it's the same study, they ask how important unemployment is as an issue and 89% of the women choose it whereas only 60% choose government polices regarding birth control. That doesn't seem to make sense at all.

In short, this report has some 'splainin' to do.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/158069/women-swing-states-gender-specific-priorities.aspx

23 posted on 10/20/2012 4:43:51 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

Great catch, dear brother in Christ!


24 posted on 10/20/2012 8:29:38 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Sister, today I am in awe of the majesty and all-encompassing knowledge and power of the One who sits on the Throne, whose name, as you remind us so often is, I AM.

“Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea” goes the hymn, and it is the only response to the Living God. We subject ourselves to Him, and even if we don’t, He subjects the unwillingly for “Every Knee Will Bow!”

Rejoice with me today in the majesty of our God whose kingdom knows no end, the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

He raises up kings and kingdoms and He is the One who causes them to fall. He is the Guiding Hand and the All-Seeing.

He is the One, the Only, the All-Wise and Eternal God!


25 posted on 10/20/2012 8:46:50 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins
Rejoice with me today in the majesty of our God whose kingdom knows no end, the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

He raises up kings and kingdoms and He is the One who causes them to fall. He is the Guiding Hand and the All-Seeing.

He is the One, the Only, the All-Wise and Eternal God!

Amen!!!

Praise God!

26 posted on 10/20/2012 9:24:57 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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