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Debate Moderator Bob Schieffer: GOP Obsessed With Birth Control
Life Site News ^ | October 22, 2012 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 10/22/2012 2:01:08 PM PDT by NYer

CBS newsman Bob Schieffer will host the third debate tonight between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

The first two debates prompted outrage from pro-life conservatives over their bias — from biased questions and Romney twice having less time to talk during the debate to the moderator interrupting Romney more or letting Obama get the last word in more often.

Voters expecting a more fair and impartial debate this time around will be sorely disappointed — although it might be for the better that the debate is primarily expected to be focused on foreign policy issues. Schieffer made it clear earlier this year that he thinks, when it comes to social issues, that Republicans are too focused on pro-life topics.

In February, on Sunday morning’s Face the Nation, he pressed Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over how Republicans have supposedly moved “too far to the right” to win. Later, in an interview with Maryland’s Democratic Governor, Martin O’Malley, Schieffer claimed “we’ve spent the last couple of weeks here talking about running against birth control for goodness sake” — ignoring how the media attacked pro-lifers repeated with the War on Women mantra.

Meanwhile, Schieffer twice falsely credited Obama for having “backed away” from requiring religious groups to cover birth control and abortion-causing drugs.

He said: “We’ve spent the last couple of weeks here talking about running against birth control for goodness sake. I mean, I admit, I mean, I believe the President made a serious political mistake when he tried to say to the Catholic Church, you have to buy birth control pills for the folks that work in your hospitals and your schools and so forth. But he backed away from that. And yet, the Republicans keep pushing. They say that’s not enough. That you’ve got to be totally against the birth control.”

As Media Research Center writer Brent Baker noted:

Of course, Schieffer was unable to identify any candidate who is saying “you’ve got to be totally against the birth control.”

Then with O’Malley, he repeated the claim Obama “did back away” on the birth control mandate, and proceeded to again express bewilderment that’s not good enough for Republicans: “But is that going to be an issue, this whole idea of birth control, is that going to be an issue in this campaign?”

Next, Schieffer cued up O’Malley to denounce Republicans as extremists: “Well do you think it’s good for the President if Republicans try to concentrate on social issues?”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; abortion; cbs; contraception; moralabsolutes; obama; prolife; romney; schieffer
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1 posted on 10/22/2012 2:01:15 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

Again , the problem is not Schieffer but with Romney for agreeing to be cornholed. Tells me a LOT about the judgement of Romney and his underlings.


2 posted on 10/22/2012 2:04:54 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: NYer

And collectivism is aimed at massive population reduction, by any means possible.

Politics is simply the outward expression of a theology.


3 posted on 10/22/2012 2:06:36 PM PDT by lurk
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To: NYer

The Democrats are the ones trying to make it an issue and the Democrats are the ones who will not let it drop.
Last time I looked, that was the definition of an obsession.


4 posted on 10/22/2012 2:06:47 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: NYer

Obama is performing a partial-birth abortion of U.S. missile defense in Europe.


5 posted on 10/22/2012 2:08:50 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Cyman

I agree with you that EVERYBODY who was involved in negotiating debate terms for the GOP needs to be FIRED YESTERDAY. I believe this happened before Romney was the nominee.

That being said, if Schieffer wants to keep them talking about birth control for 90 minutes, America will tune out which, at this point, would be a win for our side.


6 posted on 10/22/2012 2:09:38 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NYer

Bob Schieffer, obsessed with the democrat obsession with painting the republicans as being obsessed with birth control.


7 posted on 10/22/2012 2:10:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: NYer

"We are totally FIXATED on birth control, here, at CBS."

8 posted on 10/22/2012 2:13:41 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: NYer

He is a senile old liberal man. THAT is his problem.


9 posted on 10/22/2012 2:13:57 PM PDT by buffyt (Ted Cruz, Allen West, Rand Paul, Tim Scott, Herman Cain -- for President -- 2016)
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To: NYer
Schieffer made it clear earlier this year that he thinks, when it comes to social issues, that Republicans are too focused on pro-life topics.

Isn't it interesting that liberals are "too focused" on pushing gay issues and, being the party who claims to represent the "little guy" is opposed to babies??

They have no problem protecting gays and making sure that they have "fairness" but, I guess since babies don't vote, the Dems have no use for them!

Their irrational "logic" defies me!!

10 posted on 10/22/2012 2:14:05 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Cyman
Well, as far as I'm concerned, if a lady opts for a recreational abortion, she has decided to become a murderer and must accept all of the self inflicted consequences INCLUDING THE INVOICE.
I do not advocate she should go to prison as I believe she will be judged by the only authority at the end of her life here on earth.
BUT do not make it the law of the land that I SHOULD PAY for her poor decisions.
11 posted on 10/22/2012 2:15:20 PM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: NYer

Yeah, who cares about social issues? I mean who cares about morality...especially in the White House? If the president wants to have sex orgies in the Oval Office, it’s none of our business. We had a recent president who did do that. And we had a Dem congressman (guess who?) who had a friend who ran a homosexual prositution ring out of his, the congressman’s, apartment. Yeah, who cares about morality? That’s just for those nutty Republicans. C’mon, let’s do drugs in public and murder children even after they’re born. I mean plants and tree are more important than humans according to many libs. So say those “moral” liberals. (smirk)


12 posted on 10/22/2012 2:16:36 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: NYer; lurk
lurk, you are correct. As a matter of fact, in the late 1800's, a writer on the "Impracticability of Socialism" said as much.

From the Liberty Fund Library is "A Plea for Liberty: An Argument Against Socialism and Socialistic Legislation," edited by Thomas Mackay (1849 - 1912), Chapter 1, excerpted final paragraphs from Edward Stanley Robertson's essay:

"I have suggested that the scheme of Socialism is wholly incomplete unless it includes a power of restraining the increase of population, which power is so unwelcome to Englishmen that the very mention of it seems to require an apology. I have showed that in France, where restraints on multiplication have been adopted into the popular code of morals, there is discontent on the one hand at the slow rate of increase, while on the other, there is still a 'proletariat,' and Socialism is still a power in politics."

The concluding statement of his essay is quite interesting also:

"Freedom is the most valuable of all human possessions, next after life itself. It is more valuable, in a manner, than even health. No human agency can secure health; but good laws, justly administered, can and do secure freedom. Freedom, indeed, is almost the only thing that law can secure. Law cannot secure equality, nor can it secure prosperity. In the direction of equality, all that law can do is to secure fair play, which is equality of rights but is not equality of conditions. In the direction of prosperity, all that law can do is to keep the road open. That is the Quintessence of Individualism, and it may fairly challenge comparison with that Quintessence of Socialism we have been discussing. Socialism, disguise it how we may, is the negation of Freedom. That it is so, and that it is also a scheme not capable of producing even material comfort in exchange for the abnegations of Freedom, I think the foregoing considerations amply prove."
EDWARD STANLEY ROBERTSON

13 posted on 10/22/2012 2:19:09 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: DustyMoment

Abortion is murder.


14 posted on 10/22/2012 2:19:33 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is murder.)
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To: lurk; All

Unthinking reproduction made sense when the world population was small, that is no longer the case. I do not understand why conservatives would be against planning and spacing of children when they have no desire to pay for the social services needed by the more irresponsible elements of the population. Recent studies in St. Louis of 9,000 many lower income showed that when free birth control was provided that teen pregnancy and abortion rates dropped by around 80%. The preferred choice was long term prevention like IUDs, and I presume Norplant (although that was not stated).


15 posted on 10/22/2012 2:20:37 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: buffyt

I apologize for Texas that Schieffer was born in this state. He has become an embarassment for the state. He is, however, a songwriter....but I have never heard any of his songs. I did hear Imus say something about Billy Joe Schaffer had taken a look at some of his songwritings. But, songwriter or not, that does not excuse his liberalism.


16 posted on 10/22/2012 2:21:16 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (,)
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To: driftless2

I was just saying the other day, you can’t cut down your own tree in Claremont, California. Heck, you can’t trim the branches off, without getting into trouble. But you can abort/kill your child. Don’t dare harm a Condor, Eagle, or Whale though!


17 posted on 10/22/2012 2:22:02 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is murder. It is not a Choice - It is a Child.)
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To: Texas Songwriter

I am a Texan by choice!~ Most of the time we live in Texas, with occasional temporary relocations in California - and people are NUTS out here.


18 posted on 10/22/2012 2:23:30 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is murder. It is not a Choice - It is a Child.)
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To: NYer

Why would this be of any concern given it’s had no positive net impact for Bobo, other than maybe to keep his choom hareem from abandoning him altogether....But those certainly aren’t Romney votes, and a big chunk of them won’t be getting off their lardasses to vote this time around anyway...


19 posted on 10/22/2012 2:25:19 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, CO, IA, NV, NH = 291EV)
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To: buffyt
I am a Texan by choice!

You chose well, my friend. Stay thirsty, my friend. Stay thirsty. (I just wanted to say that...I love that commercial).

20 posted on 10/22/2012 2:28:44 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (,)
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To: NYer

I’m not obsessed with birth control. Never used it, never will.


21 posted on 10/22/2012 2:31:45 PM PDT by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: NYer
I think he's always trying to equate birth control with abortion and get the left fired up. There's a big difference, for all but the insane that use abortion as their form of birth control.

And Obama accuses Republicans of “a war on women”. Yes, I know, women get pregnant. But Obama never talks about the male’s responsibility. You can get a birth control Rx for $9.00 a month. A condom a day cost more then that, but it's not covered in Obamacare (and it shouldn't be) because it won't win him any votes! It's all about him winning, nothing about health care or contraception. And the pill doesn't protect against disease.

22 posted on 10/22/2012 2:31:45 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: gleeaikin
Every now and then someone will inadvertently put himself at the head of the line.

So, here's the test of the utility of your argument. If, as you suggest, there are too many folks around already, prove it the ethical way ~ remove yourself.

After that happens I'll look around and see if I feel more crowded or less crowded!

23 posted on 10/22/2012 2:32:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: NYer

Why is it when conservatives simply don’t want to have government pay for something that we are suddenly against it? It’s as if some people are denied something because they simply have to pay for it. They can buy all the birth control they want but I do not wish to pay for it nor do I want businesses and churches being required to “cover it” which is code for the government paying for it.

At this rate we may even get government produced condoms tested out by barney frank. Can you imagine? Then if they break some idiot would sue the government.


24 posted on 10/22/2012 2:33:06 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Diogenesis

What a perv


25 posted on 10/22/2012 2:35:06 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Cyman

You need to get a clue my FRiend. Romney had nothing to do with the moderator. So what’s your real beef?


26 posted on 10/22/2012 2:43:00 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: gleeaikin

>> I do not understand why conservatives would be against planning and spacing of children

I have no problem with the concept of planning and spacing of children.

I DO have a problem with forcing those who oppose contraception to pay for contraception.

I have a REAL problem with MURDERING children to implement that “planning and spacing”.

Any questions?


27 posted on 10/22/2012 2:46:55 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: muawiyah; All

I am not suggesting removing anyone, I am suggesting that people be allowed/encouraged? to reproduce responsibly and in proportion to ability to care for your own children rather than ask the state to do so. I chose to produce 2 children, one of whom is now serving in Afghanistan. Perhaps you think it would serve me right if he gets killed there??


28 posted on 10/22/2012 2:47:13 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: NYer

“And how does this question have anything to do with tonight’s topic on foreign policy, Bob?

Given the unfolding debacle in the middle east and 2000 American soldiers dead in afghanistan, don’t the American people deserve to hear a debate about where this country’s foreign policy has been and where it is going? Next question...”


29 posted on 10/22/2012 2:47:14 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: NYer

This is the typical leftist meme: accuse your enemy of the crimes you are the one committing. The left has always been obsessed with abortion. Who made Sandra Fluke a talking point?


30 posted on 10/22/2012 2:47:14 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: NYer

Baby killer.


31 posted on 10/22/2012 2:48:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I agree with you that EVERYBODY who was involved in negotiating debate terms for the GOP needs to be FIRED YESTERDAY

Man, it's been such a blast all these years backing true-blue blooming idiots! /s

32 posted on 10/22/2012 2:48:45 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NYer
The GOP is obsessed with birth control????

Is Bob Scheiffer totally out of his wrinkled gourd???

33 posted on 10/22/2012 2:51:26 PM PDT by cookcounty ("When I speak, I say what I mean and I mean what I say!" ---Joe Biden, 10/11/2012)
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To: subterfuge; Cyman

>> So what’s your real beef?

Oh, I think we know what Cyman’s real “beef” is — he has a woody for Obama.


34 posted on 10/22/2012 2:52:32 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: NYer

Jussssst ONCE, I’d like to hear one of these DNC Stenographers ask:

“What is your view of fetal pain as it relates to late term abortion?”


35 posted on 10/22/2012 2:55:28 PM PDT by cookcounty ("When I speak, I say what I mean and I mean what I say!" ---Joe Biden, 10/11/2012)
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To: NYer

Liberals are the ones who obsess about birth control, it was Sandra Skank who spoke at the DNC wearing a condom necklace.

Republicans don’t care, we just don’t want to pay for others’ birth control. That is all.


36 posted on 10/22/2012 2:55:55 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: muawiyah

I applaud you!


37 posted on 10/22/2012 2:56:16 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: gleeaikin
I do not understand why conservatives would be against planning and spacing of children

No conservative is against that. No conservative would ever be for government compulsion or funding of those things either. That would take a tyrant.

38 posted on 10/22/2012 2:57:41 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Nervous Tick; All

One reason the insurance companies have not raised heck about providing free contraceptive services, is that they will save money on reduced numbers of pregnancies and childhood illness. So, what you should complain about is if they do not lower your insurance costs because of the money they are saving. I am not aware of religious insurance companies. Non religious employees at a religiously oriented place served by a non religious insurance company are not forcing that place to pay for contraception either.


39 posted on 10/22/2012 2:57:49 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Taxpayers should not be paying for people birth control, period.


40 posted on 10/22/2012 3:00:02 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: gleeaikin

“...to reproduce responsibly and in proportion to ability to care for your own children”

glee, you are all over the board. Just where have you been the last 30 years? Repubs and Conservatives have been touting this for a long time, to no avail. Certain segments of society are NOT responsible and could care less about their “ability”. Do you get it yet!?


41 posted on 10/22/2012 3:00:13 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: NYer

Stephanopolis (rat) was the first to inject it into the debate. The rest of the rats picked it up and ran with it for their phony war on women.


42 posted on 10/22/2012 3:00:28 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: gleeaikin

>> I am not aware of religious insurance companies.

I am quite aware of religious employers that self-ensure.

They have been all over the news. Thay have LAWSUITS pending, for goodness’ sake. Maybe you should take a little of the time you spend being stubborn and clueless, and apply it towards keeping current.


43 posted on 10/22/2012 3:02:14 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: NYer

Schieffer’s picture is the best and cheapest form of birth control


44 posted on 10/22/2012 3:02:14 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: Nervous Tick

I definitely don’t think government should be doing the planning and spacing. lol


45 posted on 10/22/2012 3:02:22 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: gleeaikin
I am suggesting that people be allowed/encouraged? to reproduce responsibly

Allowed? Who is stopping them? Encouraged by who? Big Nanny State? "Encouraged" by government like criminals are encouraged into the cell?

Keep government out of it

46 posted on 10/22/2012 3:04:50 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: NYer

for crying out loud our side are cowards whe to comes to social issues so obviously this idiot has took the lefts talking points to his lefty little head


47 posted on 10/22/2012 3:06:05 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: gleeaikin
One reason the insurance companies have not raised heck about providing free contraceptive services, is that they will save money

Then the government mandate was totally pointless and dumb because all insurance was doing it anyway, right?

48 posted on 10/22/2012 3:06:35 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: subterfuge

Are you calling him out? Excellent. They are all diogenes.


49 posted on 10/22/2012 3:12:45 PM PDT by DWC (historian)
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Debate Moderator Bob Schieffer: GOP Obsessed With Birth Control

Um, Bobby -

The Republicans are NOT the ones going around dressed like giant vaginas, you IDIOT!

50 posted on 10/22/2012 3:14:22 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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