Why Won’t Mitt Romney Stand Up for Women?
After remaining silent for days last week as the controversy about Rush Limbaugh’s outrageous smears against Sandra Fluke — and really all women — grew, Mitt Romney was finally confronted on a ropeline on Friday and meekly responded that calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” and demanding that she post sex videos online was “not the language [he] would have used.”
As the furor expanded this week — nearly four dozen advertisers have now abandoned Limbaugh — Romney was given something of a do-over last night at a press conference when he was asked directly what words he himself would’ve used. Romney’s less than courageous answer:
“My campaign is about jobs and the economy and scaling back the size of government and I’m not going to weigh in on that particular controversy.”
During an appearance on MSNBC this afternoon, Romney’s top strategist Eric Fernhstrom said Romney would continue to be focus on his economic plan (cutting taxes on the wealthiest Americans) and would not “be distracted” by condemning Limbaugh’s sexist smears against Sandra Fluke and other women.
Check out our video compilation of the 70 sexist smears Limbaugh made that Mitt Romney pointedly refuses to condemn:
IN ONE SENTENCE: As conservative columnist George Will said of the Republican candidates’ weak responses to Limbaugh’s smears, “they want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”
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