Campaign Buzz January 18, 2012: Romney Skips Personhood USA Presidential Pro-Life Forum — Anti-Abortion Republican Presidential Debate

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

IN FOCUS: PERSONHOOD USA PRESIDENTIAL PRO-LIFE FORUM — ANTI-ABORTION REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

“I’ve been around this business long enough to understand the horse-trading that goes on but there’s some principles that you don’t trade on…. It is clear to most of us that this was a choice for convenience.” — Rick Perry

“The president interprets the Constitution as president. If the court makes a fundamentally wrong decision, president can in fact ignore the courts.” — Newt Gingrich

“Every child has dignity and value. I’m the blessed father of a special needs child which is the greatest gift I’ve been given in my life.” — Rick Santorum

“It repeals Roe v. Wade immediately. It would’ve saved a lot of lives a lot sooner.” — Ron Paul

Romney is only no-show at Republican abortion debate: Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney was conspicuous by his absence evening at a debate organized by an anti-abortion group in South Carolina.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, ultraconservative former Senator Rick Santorum and Texas Representative Ron Paul all responded to the invitation to speak at Personhood USA’s Presidential Pro-Life Forum ahead of Saturday’s key primary vote.
All four of the candidates repeated their opposition to abortion, a subject on which Romney’s position has varied over the years…. – AFP, 1-18-12

  • Mitt Romney is punching bag on abortion: Mitt Romney’s GOP rivals hit him for being insufficiently pro-life at a Personhood USA forum here Wednesday night. Romney wasn’t there to defend his record on the issue, which has always caused problems for him. … – Politico, 1-18-12
  • Romney the focus of questions at anti-abortion forum, despite absence: Four of the five remaining presidential candidates appeared in Greenville, South Carolina Wednesday night at an anti-abortion forum sponsored by Personhood USA. But the missing candidate – Mitt Romney – … CNN, 1-18-12
  • While Romney skips ‘personhood’ forum, his rivals tout their antiabortion pledge: GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney was the only candidate who did not take part in a “personhood” forum put on by antiabortion activists, but he was an undeniable presence at the gathering taking place just days before South Carolina primary…. – LAT, 1-18-12
  • GOP candidates slam Romney at pro-life forum: Planned Parenthood, the courts and Mitt Romney all came under attack on Wednesday from four GOP presidential contenders that spoke at a forum organized by Personhood USA, a national anti-abortion group…. – CBS News, 1-18-12
  • Romney absence an opportunity at pro-life forum: As they quizzed four candidates on their positions on abortion, the moderators of a pro-life forum here gave each presidential hopeful an opportunity to take a jab at the one candidate who did not participate in … msnbc.com, 1-18-12
  • In SC, Perry says Romney switched abortion view out of ‘political convenience’: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that Mitt Romney changed his position on legalized abortion out of political convenience, one of the sharpest allegations leveled yet in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary. … – WaPo, 1-18-12
  • South Carolina: Up close and in personhood: Mitt didn’t make it. All the other would-be Republican presidential hopefuls turned up, having already signed the Personhood pledge. Well, Ron Paul appeared on a video link from Washington. The event in a Greenville hotel … – BBC News, 1-19-12
  • Defying calls to quit, Perry keeps going in S.C.: Texas Gov. Rick Perry soldiered on in South Carolina on Wednesday despite modest crowds…. – Houston Chronicle, 1-18-12
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