Oh dear. Here we go again. Ann Romney made a solo appearance on The View yesterday (Mitt was supposed to accompany her but blamed “scheduling conflicts” for his absence–but not before referring to the ladies on the show as “sharp tongued.”) Ann was pretty sharp-tongued herself though when she was asked about her stance on abortion and gave a flip response.
Barbara Walters started out by asking Romney about her husband’s stance on abortion, citing that at one point while he was governor, he was pro-choice. Then, he later switched to being pro-life. Ann answers that in a minute, but not before being asked about her own stance on abortion and whether or not her views have also changed:
The good news is I’m not running for office and I don’t have to say what I feel.
Oh, OK. So you think it’s alright to give a flip response to our country when asked about your stance on an important issue? Pardon me, but you do have to say what you feel when your husband is running to become the next leader of our country. You may not be in that seat in the Oval Office, but as a potential First Lady, you will have major influence and be a role model to many people, organizations and policies in the United States. So yes, Ms. Romney, you do have an obligation to say what you feel.
Luckily, she went on to answer the question, even though she obviously thought it wasn’t anyone’s business:
But I am pro-life. I’m happy to say that.
Phew, glad we got that cleared up.
But one thing that wasn’t totally cleared up was Mitt Romney‘s changing stance on abortion–something that Ann described as perfectly fine:
Mitt has always been a pro-life person. When he governed, he ran as pro-choice. When a decision came across his desk to use embryos for experimentation, he could not have on his conscience, creating human life for experimentation and that’s when he came out with an editorial saying he was pro-life.
In other words, he changed his stance over politics and what was going to get him elected, right?
Ann went on to remind us that this is an issue that is so, so “tender” and we should respect each other’s views, blah, blah, blah. Except for the fact that she–and Mitt–seem to have forgotten that they’re the ones not respecting other people’s views by trying to take away women’s rights to do what they want with their bodies, even if that means an abortion.
Take a look at the clip from yesterday’s show and let us know how you think Ann handled these questions?