Romney Campaign Rushed To Call Anti-Abortion Group After “Hiccup”
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council received a call from the Romney campaign to reassure him that the candidate didn’t change his position on abortion after Romney changed his position on abortion.
“No alarm bells here,” Tony Perkins, president of the anti-abortion Family Research Council, told TPM on Wednesday.
Perkins said the Romney campaign called him soon after Romney’s remarks were published by the Des Moines Register and assured him it didn’t represent a shift by Romney from his support for pro-life issues.
“As they explained it to me, it was from the way the question was asked,” Perkins said of Romney’s quote. He said the campaign told him the interviewer was “talking about economic issues” when the quote came up…
Other anti-abortion leaders on Wednesday chalked up Romney’s remarks as yet another foot-in-mouth moment from the Republican presidential nominee or as simply a case of getting caught off guard punting on a topic he doesn’t discuss much.
“This is clearly not a good moment on this issue [for Romney.] It’s a hiccup,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, told TPM.