AUDIENCE CHEERS WHEN REMINDED THAT MEDIA GAVE OBAMA A PASS ON INFANTICIDE
A predictable politically-motivated question from CNN moderator John King during last night’s GOP debate in Arizona produced equally predictable boos for King, cheers for all four presidential hopefuls, and a response which was unanticipated by CNN as well.
In a blatantly obvious attempt to paint Rick Santorum into a corner, King was booed when he asked the question:
“Since birth control is the latest hot topic, which candidate believes in birth control, and if not, why?”
Notice the choice of “candidate” vs. “candidates” and the assumption of “not”? Nice try.
Newt Gingrich rushed to answer the question, saying it’s legitimate to question the government’s power to impose activities on any religion that are morally objectionable to that religion.
“But I just want to point out, you did not once in the 2008 campaign – not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide. OK? So let’s be clear here: If we’re going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues, it is President Obama who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion. It is not the Republicans.” (GOP candidates: 15, CNN, love)
Mitt Romney was next:
“I don’t think we’ve seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious intolerance that we’ve seen under Barack Obama. Most recently, of course – most recently requiring the Catholic Church to provide for its employees, and its various enterprises, healthcare insurance that would include birth control, sterilization and the morning-after pill. Unbelievable.”
“And he tried to retreat from that, but he retreated in a way that was not appropriate, because these insurance companies now have to provide these same things, and obviously the Catholic Church will end up paying for them.”
“And it’s one of the reasons the people in this country are saying we want to have a president who will stand up and fight for the rights under our Constitution, our first right, which is for freedom of religion.” (GOP candidates: 30, CNN, love)
As the audience cheered, Rick Santorum questioned how the nation can survive “if children are being raised in homes where it’s so much harder to succeed economically.”
“We can have limited government, lower taxes; we hear this all the time: cut spending, limit the government, everything will be fine. No, everything’s not going to be fine. There are bigger problems at stake in America. And someone has got to go out there; I will – and talk about the things.” (GOP candidates: 40, CNN: love)
Ron Paul, an OB-GYN, saying he’s dealt with birth control pills and contraception for a long time, added that the controversy stems from the fact that the government has control of medical care and medical insurance.
“The problem is, the government is getting involved in things it shouldn’t be involved in, especially at the federal level. But sort of along the line of the pills creating immorality, I don’t see it that way. I think the immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pills. So you don’t blame the pills.” (GOP candidates: game, CNN: owned)
As I’ve written previously, the days of the liberal media receiving a free pass for playing “gotcha” and asking loaded question after loaded question of Republicans – all the while giving Barack Obama and the Democrats a free pass – appear to be coming to an end. Ronald Reagan would be proud, indeed.
At any rate, it was encouraging to see Republicans united against the real “enemy” – to borrow a term from our president. Let’s hope it continues.
Is infanticide post-birth control?