During an interview with an Iowa TV station, First Lady wanna-be Ann Romney reiterates that she hears the American women and she is just like us–except for the fact that she doesn’t get the importance of issues like gay marriage and birth control because she refuses to even talk about these topics that are just “distracting” us from “real” issues.
My message, really was, ‘women, I hear your voices,’ and the interesting thing about this economy, this tough economy that we’re going through, is that women have been hit the hardest. And I wanted to make sure that women of America knew that we have been across this country for the last year and a half and we are very aware of how tough it is for them.
Um, no you don’t, Ann Romney and your millionaire bank account. But that’s besides the point right now. What’s even more disturbing is when approached about issues of birth control access and gay marriage, Mrs. Romney not only refuses to address them but she calls them “distracting.” You know, those petty little issues that keep getting in the way of the “real” issues.
Here’s a clip from her interview:
KWQC TV6: “Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?”
Ann Romney: “You know, I’m not going to talk about the specific issues. I’m going to let my husband speak on issues. I’m here to really just talk about my husband and what kind of husband and father he is and, you know, those are hot-button issues that distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election. That, it’s going to be about the economy and jobs.” [...]
KWQC TV6: “Do you believe that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control?”
Ann Romney: “Again, you’re asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs.”
KWQC TV6: “Well, a Pew research poll shows those issues are very important to women, ranking them either “important” or “very important.”
Ann Romney: “You know, but I personally believe, and this is what I’m hearing from women all across the country that they are going to look for the guy that’s going to pull them out of the weeds and get them job security and a brighter future for their children. That’s the message. [...] So really if you want to try to pull me off of the other messages it’s not going to work because I know because I’ve been out there.”
KWQC TV6: “Well, I don’t want to pull you off any message. You just told a reporter who was questioning you in Cleveland that you want women to have a secure and stable future. I asked you about marriage and whether lesbian mothers should be allowed to marry. Isn’t marriage a part of creating a stable future?”
Ann Romney: “You know, again, I’m going to talk to you about the economy and about job creation and about how my husband is the right person for the right time. This is going to be an election that is very important for women, and we are going to make sure that their economic prosperity is more certain under a President Romney.”
Spoken like a true politician.
In other words, I’m not going to talk about these things because the American woman should focus on bigger and more important things than our own health, our own bodies and the right to pursue love and happiness, no matter who that includes. Those things are just not issues we should be talking about, silly girls!
But yet, they are. Like it or not, and agree with it or not, same-sex marriage and women’s reproductive health are hot issues for American women right now. We have been bombarded with diverse opinions and promises from both parties, and no matter which side of the elephant or donkey you stand on, they are topics that deserve attention. By continuing to ignore them, like the Republicans did for an entire week at their convention, it only makes it seem like they don’t care.
Do you agree?